A DRAFT impeachment report last night accused Donald Trump of abusing the “power of his office” to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee’s 300-page report said the US President had solicited foreign interference effort to dig dirt on White House challenger Joe Biden.
Trump had asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Hunter Biden – the son of his main Democratic rival in next year’s presidential election.
He also threatened to withhold £307million in military aid from Ukraine and a White House meeting, if the country refused to help.
The report said Trump “placed his own personal and political interests” above the US national interest – seeking to undermine democracy and endanger national security.
It added: “The impeachment inquiry…uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”
The report said Trump’s “scheme subverted US foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security” in favour of “investigations that would help his presidential re-election”.
The document does not recommend his impeachment and removal from office.
But it laid out the framework which Democrats will use to push for impeachment – as well as blasting Trump for obstructing the probe.
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House Democrats released the report after the intelligence panel conducted a handful of closed-door meetings with witnesses and five days of public hearings.
If the full House of Representatives eventually votes to approve formal impeachment charges, a trial would be held in the Republican-led US Senate.
An unlikely two-thirds majority of those present would be required to convict and remove Trump from office.
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