The investigation of the Democrats to open a political trial against the president, Donald Trump, surpassed on Tuesday a screen with the approval of a report that will serve as the basis for his probable imputation in Congress.
The report, prepared after more than two months of investigation by the Intelligence Committee of the Lower House, which has led to date the investigations against Trump, was approved with 13 votes in favor (all Democrats) and 9 against (all Republicans ).
The text consists of about 300 pages and will help the Judicial Committee of the Chamber, which will hold its first session on the matter on Wednesday, to decide whether to write charges against the president and recommend that a political trial be initiated against him.
"The evidence of the president's negligence is overwhelming, and so are the evidence of his obstruction to Congress," says the report, written by the Democratic opposition.
However, Republican voting discipline presumes that Trump will smoothly overcome the Senate political trial, which is scheduled to begin in early 2020.
A GROWING PRESSURE TO UKRAINE
The document recounts the alleged "multi-month campaign" of the White House to get the Ukrainian government to publicly announce an investigation of one of Trump's possible rivals in the 2020 elections, former US vice president Joe Biden.
"(Trump) tried to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and jeopardized the national security" of his country by "subverting foreign policy towards Ukraine," emphasizes the Intelligence Committee.
According to the report, there was a "drastic" crescendo "in the pressures on Ukraine since Trump's call in July to the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, and until the issue came to light in September thanks to the complaint of an anonymous informant .
In that period, senior government officials – including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – were involved in "an attempt to extract from a foreign country the political benefits the president was looking for," the text said.
"To convince the Ukrainian president to do the dirty electoral work, President Trump conditioned two official acts to a public announcement of the (Biden) investigations: a quoted visit to the White House and crucial military assistance that Ukraine needed to fight against Russia, "sums up the report.
THE ORDER OF THE HIGHEST
Trump has denied that this year's suspension of the delivery of nearly $ 400 million in aid to Ukraine or his reluctance to schedule a meeting with Zelenski had to do with his insistence that Kiev investigate Biden.
However, almost a dozen witnesses have pointed out during the investigation that he did, and the report alleges that the person responsible for the blackmail of Ukraine is the president himself, and not only figures close to him, such as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
"Multiple witnesses have testified that the conditioning of a meeting in the Oval Office to the announcement of investigations to benefit the president's re-election campaign came from the top: President Trump," the text said.
OBSTRUCTION "WITHOUT PRECEDENTS"
The report also accuses Trump of orchestrating an "unprecedented" effort to obstruct the investigation against him in Congress, an accusation that can lead to a specific political trial or article on that issue.
Trump is "the first and only president in American history who openly and indiscriminately defies all aspects of the constitutional process for a political trial, by ordering all federal agencies and officials not to comply with voluntary or mandatory requests" of Congress, he says. .
AN "IMPEACHMENT" THAT DIVIDES
For his part, the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, responded to the Democratic report paraphrasing the president of the chamber, Nancy Pelosi, who months ago said a political trial was too "divisive."
"I think we all agree with what he said," McCarthy said at a press conference, who recalled that Pelosi had conditioned the "impeachment" that the case against Trump was "conclusive," "overwhelming," and "bipartisan."
"You must answer the question: What is conclusive, what is overwhelming and where is bipartisanship? Because that would put an end to this nightmare," he added.
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