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Trump impeachment evidence overwhelming – House report

Trump impeachment evidence overwhelming – House report

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Evidence for impeaching US President Donald Trump for misconduct in office is "overwhelming", according to the panel leading the impeachment inquiry.The president placed personal political interests "above the national interests of the United States", it states in a key report to House lawmakers.Evidence of misconduct was overwhelming "and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress," it adds.The report is designed to lay out the case to remove Mr Trump from office.He denies any wrongdoing, and has described the inquiry as a witch-hunt.Before the draft report was released, the Republican president attacked the Democrat-led investigation as "very unpatriotic".Following publication, White Ho...
Trump and his lawyers will not attend ‘unfair’ impeachment hearing

Trump and his lawyers will not attend ‘unfair’ impeachment hearing

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US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing this week because it lacks "fundamental fairness", the White House has said.Rejecting the call to face the Democrat-led congressional investigation on Wednesday, presidential counsel Pat Cipollone lambasted the "baseless and highly partisan inquiry". In a letter to Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr Cipollone accused him of "no doubt purposely" scheduling the hearing when he knew Mr Trump would be attending a NATO summit in London. ...
Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Ambassador Gordon Sondland said the instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.The inquiry is assessing if Mr Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine as a precondition. He denies any wrongdoing. It is illegal in the US to seek foreign help to gain electoral advantage.Mr Biden is one of top contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Mr Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, told the latest hearing in the US House of Representatives that Mr Giuliani had sought a public statement f...
Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

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Congressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office.Three state department officials will testify first. So far lawmakers from three key House committees have heard from witnesses behind closed doors. The impeachment inquiry centres on claims that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into political rival Joe Biden.Mr Trump denies any abuse of power. The impeachment story explained Who's who in Trump whistleblower story? House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is overseeing the inquiry, told reporters on Wednesday that an impeachment case was building against the president.He said: "We are gett...
White House ‘will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry’

White House ‘will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry’

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The White House has officially refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.A letter sent to Democratic leaders rejected it as "baseless" and "constitutionally invalid".Three Democratic-led House committees are investigating Mr Trump.The inquiry is trying to find out if the president held back aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.The White House letter comes hours after the Trump administration blocked the US ambassador to the European Union from appearing before a congressional impeachment investigation.What does the letter say?White House counsel Pat Cipollone addressed the eight-page letter to the leading D...