The House Judiciary Committee, early on Monday published its full impeachment report following the inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The 658-page report sketches out the process that led the committee to green light the impeachment articles against the president, as well as constitutional grounds for impeachment, and evidence for the two charges outlined in the articles.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, divided the lengthy report into four parts.
Part one of the report details the process adopted by the House Intelligence Committee to investigate the Democrats’ allegations against President Trump, while part two looks at impeachment standards as written in the Constitution.
In part three, Democrats explore—and attempt to explain—how the president has abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine, to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
Whereas, part four alleged President Trump of obstructing Congress in its ability to render executive branch accountable by openly disregarding House investigators’ requests for documents and testimony, CBS News reports.
The report wraps up by stating that President Trump “has fallen into a pattern of behavior: this is not the first time he has solicited foreign interference in an election, been exposed, and attempted to obstruct the resulting investigation. He will almost certainly continue on this course.”
Citing the aforementioned reasons, the report stated, “President Trump will continue to threaten the nation’s security, democracy, and constitutional system if he is allowed to remain in office. That threat is not hypothetical,” the report states.
The Democrats’ argument was immediately blocked.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), dismissed Democratic findings and argued that the articles ultimately failed to establish any impeachable offense, according to CBS News.
“An accusation of abuse of power must be based on a higher and more concrete standard than conduct that ‘ignored and injured the interests of the nation,” Collins maintained, pointing out, “The people, through elections, decide what constitutes the ‘interests of the nation.’”
“It is no surprise the allegations shifted from quid pro quo, bribery, and extortion to settle on an undefined ‘abuse of power,’” Collins said.
The minority also ruled out obstruction of Congress as a possible impeachable offense as “the Founders intended to create inter-branch conflict.”
“The fact that conflict exists here does not mean the resident has committed either a high crime or a high misdemeanor,” Collins explained, arguing that Congress should take the matter to the courts.