Republicans serving on panels involved in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Trump, penned an 18-page memo to GOP members on those committees, which outlines “key points of evidence” from the closed-door inquiries, ahead of the public hearings that will begin Wednesday at 10ET.
Addressed to the GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee, House Oversight Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the memo outlines arguments in defense of Trump. It makes the case that Democrats failed to present any evidence of quid pro quo in Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as reported by Fox News.
The GOP memo outlines the case against impeaching President Trump, and it highlights “four key pieces of evidence” that shows no crime was committed:
- – July 25 call didn’t show pressure
- – Zelensky said “no pressure”
- – Ukraine not aware of aid hold during the call
- – Aid was unfrozen with no investigation
Republicans also say President Trump had a “deep-seated, genuine and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine and U.S. taxpayer-funded foreign aid” due to the country’s history of “pervasive corruption” since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Another piece of evidence cited in the memo is that Ukrainian government officials interfered in the 2016 presidential election in opposition to Trump in an effort to sway the race in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Politico reported Jan 2017: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire”.
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found, as per Politico. (Continued Below)
The memo cites testimony transcripts of several State Department officials called by House Democrats to give their depositions behind closed doors. The Republicans also accuse Democrats of lacking transparency and hiding information, as per Fox News.
Further, it reads that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been leading the impeachment inquiry from his “Capitol basement bunker.” The closed-door impeachment inquiry has generated more than 100 hours of testimony from 15 witnesses.
“The fact-finding is all unclassified, so the closed-door process is purely for information control. This arrangement has allowed Chairman Schiff – who has already publicly fabricated evidence and misled Americans about his interactions with the anonymous whistleblower – to selectively leak cherry-picked information to help paint misleading public narratives while, at the same time, placing a gag order on Republican Members,” the memo states. (Continued Below)
Republican’s 18-Page Memo:
We leave you with a video from Oversight Committee Republicans:
Schiff's Sham Impeachment. pic.twitter.com/pmLfx30YZL
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) November 12, 2019