Republicans that are on the House committees that are conducting the impeachment inquiry unveiled their strategy for defending Trump.
They outlined in a memo that focuses on “four key pieces of evidence” that they state are “fatal” to the allegations by Democrats about the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
Three witnesses are scheduled to testify in the impeachment proceedings this week.
Republicans lay out ‘4 key pieces of evidence’
In a memo written by Republican House members, they laid out “four key pieces of evidence” that support President Trump.
- “President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call.”
- “The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.”
- “President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 – both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s rivals.”
- The summary of the July 25th call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.”
“Evidence gathered does not establish an impeachable offense “
Further, the Republicans asserted in the memo that the “evidence gathered does not establish an impeachable offense.”
“The evidence shows that President Trump had a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism toward Ukraine, and a vocal position that Europe should contribute more to regional defense,” the memo reads.
“The summary of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky reflects no conditionality or pressure, and President Zelensky himself said he felt no pressure.”
“President Trump never raised US security assistance to President Zelensky,” the memo continues, “and ultimately the assistance was released and a presidential meeting occurred without Ukraine investigating the President’s political rivals.”
Trump criticizes DACA, but will make deal with Congress if Supreme Court rules his way
President Donald Trump slammed the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program just as a ruling on the policy was set to come before the Supreme Court, and hinted at the possibility of reaching a deal with Congress… if the Supreme Court rules his way, to reach a compromise that would protect the so-called “Dreamers.”
By “his way”, President Trump is looking for the Supreme Court to allow him to end the program.
If this occurs, then Trump appears to be signaling that he will be willing to make a deal with Congress to allow the DACA program recipients to remain in the United States.
Trump criticized the DACA program in an early-morning tweet: “Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”