90 Miles From Tyranny : ‘Four Key Pieces of Evidence:’ Republicans Outline Strategy Against Impeachment in New Memo

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Four Key Pieces of Evidence:’ Republicans Outline Strategy Against Impeachment in New Memo

Republican House members circulated a memo on Nov. 12 outlining “four key pieces of evidence” from the impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump.

Republicans say the pieces of evidence undercut the claim by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the president “jeopardized U.S. national security by pressuring Ukraine to initiate politically-motivated investigations that could interfere in U.S. domestic politics.”

The claim was made concerning Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Stripping away the hyperbole and hysteria, these indisputable pieces of evidence show that there was no ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ as required by the U.S. Constitution,” the memo stated.

“These facts are:

“The July 25 call summary—the best evidence of the conversation—shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure; President Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call; the Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call; and President Trump met with President Zelensky and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019—both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating President Trump’s political rivals.”

Democrats have alleged Trump tried to interfere in the 2020 election by asking Zelensky to “look into” allegations of corruption surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden, who intervened in Ukraine’s political sphere by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid unless the country’s leadership ousted a prosecutor investigating the energy company Burisma, which employed Biden’s son...

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