House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report found that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine and obstructed Congress' impeachment inquiry

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House before departing to Fayetteville, North Carolina in Washington, U.S. September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott


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  • The House Intelligence Committee released a draft report on Tuesday of key findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
  • The report's main conclusion was that the president "conditioned a White House meeting and military aid to Ukraine on a public announcement of investigations beneficial to his reelection campaign."
  • The Democratic-led committee also found that Trump "obstructed the impeachment inquiry by instructing witnesses and agencies to ignore subpoenas for documents and testimony."
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The House Intelligence Committee released its report on Tuesday of its key findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.Advertisement

The report's main conclusions were:
  • "The President Conditioned a White House Meeting and Military Aid to Ukraine on a Public Announcement of Investigations Beneficial to his Reelection Campaign."
  • "The President Obstructed the Impeachment Inquiry by Instructing Witnesses and Agencies to Ignore Subpoenas for Documents and Testimony."
  • Trump "removed anti-corruption champion Ambassador [Marie] Yovanovitch."
  • The president's "hand-picked agents" began the "scheme" to strongarm Ukraine into acceding to his political demands.

The report dropped after several weeks of public and private hearings during which career national security and foreign service officers testified about Trump's efforts to force Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations.

Specifically, the president wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly commit to investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over the latter's involvement with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

Trump also wanted Zelensky to look into a bogus conspiracy theory suggesting it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election.