Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to issue a 123-page report which they say finds no evidence to support impeaching Trump, and a public release is planned ahead of an expected impeachment report from the Democrats. Plus more stories in conservative and election politics.
Evidence does not prove Democrat allegations for impeaching Trump
A point-by point-rebuttal was issued in a 123-page report by House Republicans against the impeachment efforts by House Democrats, saying that the Trump administration’s decision to withhold funds from Ukraine were based on “reasonable skepticism” and not politics.
“Understood in this proper context, the President’s initial hesitation to meet with President Zelensky or to provide U.S. taxpayer-funded security assistance to Ukraine without thoughtful review is entirely prudent,” the report states.
“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations,” the report said, “and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” Republicans said, timed to be made public ahead of the majority Democrats’ impeachment report.
“The Minority’s rebuttal document, intended for an audience of one, ignores voluminous evidence that the president used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival by withholding military aid and a White House meeting the President of Ukraine desperately sought,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in the statement.
“In so doing, the President undermined our national security and the integrity of our elections.”
Forthcoming house report will outline the evidence for Trump impeachment, vote tonight
The House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote tonight at 6:30 PM to advance the impeachment inquiry and hand it over to the House Judiciary Committee as lawmakers review a report providing the evidence drawn from a two-month investigation.
Trump to ban Bloomberg reporters from his campaign events
The reelection campaign of Donald Trump announced that it will no longer credential reporters from Bloomberg to attend campaign events.
The announcement comes after the Bloomberg organization announced it will not investigate its boss, billionaire and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, nor his rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
“The decision by Bloomberg to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “Bloomberg media has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump.”
“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg for rallies or other campaign events,” added Parscale.
“We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg on a case-by-case basis. This will remain the policy of the Trump campaign until Bloomberg publicly rescinds its decision.”