A report by House Republicans refutes the Democrat’s impeachment accusations, claiming evidence used in the inquiry does not support the allegations aimed at the president.
Fox News has reviewed the 123-page report released just before the Democrats impeachment report.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas), penned the minority report.
Republicans have stated that the conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskiy, “does not reflect any improper pressure of conditionality to pressure Ukraine to investigate” Joe Biden, noting, “President Zelenskiy has publicly and repeatedly said he felt no pressure to investigate” the president’s “political rival.”
“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system,” the Republicans wrote.
They added, “This impeachment inquiry and the manner in which the Democrats are pursuing it sets a dangerous precedent.”
Republicans stated the evidence produced during the inquiry, “does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukraine” to investigate the Bidens, “for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.”
The transcript of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president on July 25, “does not reflect any improper pressure of conditionality to pressure Ukraine to investigate” Joe Biden, noting, “President Zelenskiy has publicly and repeatedly said he felt no pressure to investigate” the president’s “political rival.”
“There is also nothing wrong with asking serious questions about the presence of Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, on the board of directors of Burisma, a corrupt Ukrainian company, or about Ukraine’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” wrote the Republicans.
The report has noted President Trump had “extended an invitation to the White House to President Zelenskiy on three occasions without conditions.”
Both presidents met in September at the United Nations General Assembly in the United States “without any Ukrainian action to investigate” the Bidens.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), criticized the president for not fully cooperating with Congress.
“If the president thinks the call was ‘perfect’ and there is nothing to hide then he would turn over the thousands of pages of documents requested by Congress, allow witnesses to testify instead of blocking testimony with baseless privilege claims, and provide any exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power,” he said in a statement.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), argues the evidence against the president is too strong to ignore. “The fact that Republicans may be derelict in their duty does not relieve us of our obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Schiff tweeted last week.
In the statement by Republicans, they stress the aid to Ukraine being withheld was not as a result of any attempt at bribery.
“Although security assistance to Ukraine was paused in July 2019, several witnesses testified that U.S. security assistance was not linked to any Ukrainian action on investigations,” they wrote, adding, “The security assistance was ultimately disbursed to Ukraine in September 2019 without any Ukrainian action to investigate the President’s political rival.”
The House Intelligence Committee is voting on Tuesday on the final Democrat report, on impeachment, before it goes to the House Judiciary Committee with hearings starting Wednesday Dec. 4.