House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is planning to send his impeachment report to the House Judiciary Committee after Thanksgiving, insisting that President Donald Trump sought foreign interference in the U.S. elections following recent public hearings.
In a letter sent to his congressional colleagues obtained by Daily Caller, Schiff said House committees over the course of the inquiry have “uncovered a monthslong effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest.”
The inquiry gathered evidence from hearings with 17 current and former U.S. officials, conducted by the Democrat-led committees on Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs.
Schiff said the hearings were conducted “in a fair and open manner, and in a way that put the witnesses’ own words and testimony front and center,” though the Democrats have refused to allow President Trump’s legal team to participate in and cross-examine the witnesses.
The intelligence committee chairman also ignored the fact that majority of witnesses were testifying based on secondhand or thirdhand hearsay and none of them were able to definitively outline an impeachable offense that the president committed.
However, Schiff asserted in his letter, “As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts—a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical U.S. military assistance—on Ukraine announcing sham, politically motivated investigations that would help President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.”
Schiff claimed that the evidence of wrongdoing and misconduct by the president that the House committees have gathered to date is “clear and hardly in dispute.”
“What is left to us now is to decide whether this behavior is compatible with the office of the presidency, and whether the constitutional process of impeachment is warranted.”
After Schiff submits the report, the Judiciary Committee will hold its own hearings and potentially draft articles of impeachment to be considered in a formal House vote, according to Daily Caller.
If impeachment articles are approved, the Republican-controlled Senate will hold a trial to consider removing the president from office.