U.S. Republicans say inquiry has not established ‘impeachable offense’ Congressional Republicans said on Monday that weeks of closed-door ,
U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his political rivals for his own benefit or that he has committed an impeachable offense. As the Democratic-led investigation heads into a critical new public phase this week, Republican staff of the House ,
Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees released an 18-page memo to update party lawmakers on evidence gathered to date. “The body of evidence to date does not support the Democrat allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine .
“The evidence gathered does not establish an impeachable offense,” it added. Democrats are trying to determine whether Trump abused his office for political gain by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy , in a July 25 phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden .
Trump denies wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a witch hunt by Democrats. The new memo provides talking points for Republican lawmakers, including those on the House Intelligence Committee,
It cites media reports of Ukrainian officials backing Trump’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 U.S. “Seen in this light, any reluctance on the president’s part to meet with President Zelenskiy or to provide taxpayer-funded assistance to Ukraine is entirely reasonable,” the memo said.