UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The measures to isolate Donald Trump are entering a new phase in the divided US Congress this week, as the House Judicial Committee will hold a session on Monday that is expected to come out with specific charges against the US President.
Democrats accuse Trump of misusing his powers by linking military aid to Ukraine and holding a summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zinliski to open an investigation into Kiev by his political rival, Joe Biden.
Trump described the investigation as a “hoax” but Democrats believe, as Speaker of the Judicial Committee in the House of Representatives Jerry Nadler said, they have “strong evidence” showing that Trump put his personal political interests above the country’s interest.
On Sunday, Nadler told CNN, “We have a strong case,” adding that “if this file is presented to an arbitration board, a judgment of conviction will be issued within three minutes.”
At the end of September, Democrats launched the isolation measures against the American president, based on the majority they own in the House of Representatives.
Donald Trump has declared his innocence in this case, denouncing what he describes as an unconstitutional and “farce” investigation.
After about two months of investigation in the first Congressional Chamber, the House Judicial Committee will begin this week to draft indictments against the Republican billionaire.
This starts on Monday by listening to representatives of the Democratic and Republican blocs, each to present their conclusions on the investigation.
Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that this session would be “fake”.
– Listening to evidence –
Nadler will hold a meeting with the commission Monday at 9:00 am (14:00 GMT) to hear evidence from Democratic and Republican attorneys from the Intelligence and Judicial Committees.
The White House announced that it would not seek to defend the president before the committee.
Nadler has not disclosed the list of charges that will be brought against Trump, but it is expected to include abuse of power, corruption, obstruction of Congress and justice.
However, Nadler said that Trump’s main accusation is “seeking external interference in our elections several times in 2016 and in the 2020 elections, and that he sought to cover this up … what constitutes a real threat to the integrity of the elections” to be held next November.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the president sought to compel Ukraine to interfere in our elections,” said Adam Schiff, the head of the Intelligence Committee, who runs the investigation in general, to CBS on Sunday. More seriously, he “sought to obstruct the investigation into that.”
– Republican support –
Most Republicans backed Trump during the investigation to isolate him, and said there was no clear and direct evidence that he pressed Ukraine for political gain.
“There is not a strong enough case to isolate” the president, “it’s all political,” Republican Rep. Steve Scallis wrote on Twitter.
And given the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Trump will be the third president to be indicted by Congress, after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
President Richard Nixon resigned before his removal.
Trump said Sunday that Democrats were trying to “change the rules” of isolation – in a clear but unexplained reference to a 52-page report on the history and legal foundations of the process launched by Democrats.
Republicans demanded that Hunter Biden, as well as Schiff and the person who triggered the investigation, testify by reporting the incident, but Nadler refused and said the three were “unimportant” at this point.
He rejected the Republican argument that direct evidence implicating Trump in any wrongdoing was not available.
“The reason why we don’t have more direct evidence is that the president instructed everyone in the executive branch not to cooperate with Congress in achieving isolation, which is unprecedented in American history and is a contempt for Congress itself,” he said.
However, Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee and a prominent ally of Trump, expected Sunday that the dismissal trial would end quickly because the removal of the president required a two-thirds majority vote.
“As soon as (51) of us (say) … we have heard enough, this procedure will end. The president will be acquitted,” he said.
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