House Democrats released a report with their findings from the impeachment investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, accusing the president of placing “his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States” and endangering national security by soliciting assistance from a foreign government to boost his reelection prospects.
The report is based on more than 130 hours of public and private testimony by 17 witnesses before three committees over the past two months. Democrats’ case against the president centers on a delay in military aid to Ukraine and Mr. Trump’s request that the Ukrainian president investigate a political rival and unfounded allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, as well as efforts to obstruct the impeachment investigation.
The document runs 300 pages and was written by Democratic staffers on the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees. Members of the Intelligence Committee will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. to vote on adopting the report before sending it to, along with a separate report prepared by Republican members.
The report lays out nine key findings of the investigation, including:
- The president “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election” and “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process.”
- Mr. Trump “sought to pressure and induce Ukraine’s newly-elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to publicly announce unfounded investigations” to benefit the president politically.
- “President Trump ordered the suspension of $391 million in vital military assistance” to Ukraine “without any legitimate foreign policy, national security, or anti-corruption justification.”
- “Faced with the revelation of his actions, President Trump publicly and repeatedly persisted in urging foreign governments, including Ukraine and China, to investigate his political opponent.”
- “President Trump ordered and implemented a campaign to conceal his conduct from the public and frustrate and obstruct the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote in the preface of the report that the president had not only compromised American national security by withholding aid to Ukraine, but also obstructed justice in his opposition to the inquiry.
“The evidence of the President’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress. Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a stronger or more complete case of obstruction than that demonstrated by the President since the inquiry began,” Schiff wrote, adding that “the damage to our checks and balances, and to the balance of power within our three branches of government, will be long-lasting and potentially irrevocable if the president’s ability to stonewall Congress goes unchecked.”
Read the full impeachment report here