Director of Investigations delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News

By | December 10, 2019

Director of Investigations delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
Director of Investigations delivers opening statement at impeachment hearing | ABC News
We are here today because Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, abused the power of his office. The American presidency for his political and personal benefit. President Trump directed a months-long campaign to solicit and help in his 2020 re-election efforts withholding official acts from the government of Ukraine in or to coerce and secure political assistants and interference in our domestic affairs. As part of the increasing pressure on the president of Ukraine to publicly announce to investigations helpful to his personal re-election, efforts within and outside of the bus government by conditioning a desperately sought, Oval Office meeting and 390 $ 1000000 in taxpayer-funded congressionally appropriated security assistance, vital to Ukraine’S ability to fend off Russian aggression any condition that, on the announcement of these two political investigations that were helpful to his personal interest, president efforts were discovered. He released the military aid, though it would ultimately take congressional action for the money to be made fully available to Ukraine. The Oval Office meeting still has what happened when faced with the opening of an official impeachment inquiry into his conduct. President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of Congress, ordering executive branch agencies and government officials to defy subpoenas for documents and testimony pursuant to our subpoenas as public servants doing their Duty and honoring their oath to this country and coming forward and testifying. The president’s key. Might still be concealed. The central moment in this scheme was a telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president ski on July 25th of this year. During that call President Trump, as president key for a personal favor, to initiate the two investigations that President Trump hoped could. Ultimately help his re-election in 2020, the first investigation involved former Vice Joe Biden, was an effort to smear his reputation as he seeks the Democratic nomination in next year’s presidential election. The second investigation sought to elevate an entirely debunked conspiracy theory promoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine interfere in the last presidential election to support the Democratic nominee. In truth, as has been made clear by irrefutable evidence from throughout the government, Russia interfered in the last election in order to help than candidate Trump 2016 election are patently false, but that did not deter President Trump during his phone call with Ukrainian president, and it does Not appear to deter him today. Just two days ago, President Trump stated publicly that he attorney Rudy Giuliani, will report to the Department of Justice and to Congress the results of mr. giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine last week to pursue these false allegations meant to tarnish Vice President Biden, President Trump’s persistent and continuing Effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger who are free and fair elections and to our national security. The overwhelming evidence of this scheme is described in detail in a nearly 300 Page document entitled the Trump Ukraine impeachment inquiry report, formerly transmitted from the house, permit boxing committee on intelligence to this committee a few days ago. The report relies on testimony from numerous current and former government officials, the vast majority of whom are non-partisan, are professionals responsible for keeping our nation safe and promoting American values around the globe. The evidence from these Witnesses cannot seriously be disputed. The president placed his paw no interests above the nation’s interest in order to help his own re-election efforts. Before I highlight the evidence and the findings of this report, I want to take just a moment to introduce myself and discuss today’s testimony. I join the house intelligence committee, a senior advisor and director of Investigations at the beginning of this year. Previously I serve for 10 years as a prosecutor in the southern district of New York. When I joined the Department of Justice under the George W Bush Administration Federal prosecutors expertise, the report that I am presenting today is based entirely on the evidence that we collected in coordination with the oversight and foreign affairs committee’s Heather is part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions, nothing more and nothing less. The three investigating committees ran a fair professional and thorough investigation. Follow the house rules for depositions and public hearings, including had equal time to ask questions. Substantiv questions that were prevented from being asked and answered. This investigation should, to the extent that other Witnesses, text and detail about this scheme, their failure to testify is due solely to the fact that President Trump obstructed the inquiry and refused to make them available. The extension of evidence that the committee’s uncovered during this investigation, led to the following critical findings. First, President Trump used the power of his office to pressure and induce the newly elected president of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election for President trumps, personal and political benefit. Second, in order to increase the pressure on Ukraine to an what’s, the politically motivated investigations that President Trump wanted. President Trump withheld a coveted Oval Office meeting and $ 391 of essential military assistance from Ukraine. President Trump’s conduct sought to undermine are free and fair elections and poses an imminent threat to our national security and four. Faced with the revelation of his pressure campaign against you, President Trump directed an unprecedented effort to obstruct congress’s impeachment inquiry into his conduct concerning Ukraine. By calling mr. Pastor just said that it revolves around eight lines in one call record, but that’s sorely ignores the vast amount of evidence that we collected of a months-long by the directed by the president. But I do want to start with that July. 25Th. Phone call, because that is critical evidence of the president’s involvement and intent. It was on that day that he phone call with the new Ukrainian president. The first in April was short and cordial following the Ukrainian president’s election success, but they expect it no. Just prior to this telephone call, President Trump spoke to Gordon sondland. The US ambassador to the European Union donated $ 1000000 to the president’s inaugural campaign and who, directed by the president himself to take on a leading role in Ukraine issues. Ambassador Sunland relay the president’s message to president solensky through Ambassador Kurt Volker, who had had lunch that day with President zelenski’s top aide Andrey ermakov, who repairs throughout Italy appears repeatedly through this scheme. As president zelenski’s right-hand man, Ambassador, volcker, texted me with President Trump’s Direction. Good lunch thanks heard from White House assuming presidency convinces Trump he will investigate, get to the bottom of what happened. In 2016, we will nail down visit four-wheel nail down for a visit to Washington. Good luck see you tomorrow, Kurt, so even before the phone call with president zelenski took place. President Trump had directed that Ukraine initiate the investigation into 2016. The debunk conspiracy theory that Ukraine had interfered in the election. In order for president selenski to get the White House visit that he desperately coveted Ambassador Sunland was clear in his testimony about this quid pro quo. These complicated issues in the form of a simple question was there a quid pro quo, as I testified previously with regard to the requested, Whitehouse call and the White House meeting, the answer is yes: during this call with Ukrainian leader, President Trump did not discuss matters of Important to the United States, such as Ukraine’s efforts to root out corruption. Instead, President Trump beard quickly personal favor that he wanted president selenski to do two investigations that would help President Trump’s re-election effort inappropriate and concerning two of them immediately reported their concerns to White House lawyers. That let me just take a few minutes walking through that important call step-by-step, because it is evidence that to the president’s scheme near the beginning of the call president selenski said. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. Almost ready to buy more javelin’s from the United States for defense purposes, the great support in the area of defense included the nearly four hundred million dollars of US military assistance to Ukraine, which one win testified, was nearly 10 % of Ukraine’s defense budget, and this report Comes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, since then, the United States and in the east President Trump had inexplicably placed a hold on Military assistance to Ukraine without providing any reason to his own cabinet members or national security officials. Anonymous support for the aid from every relevant agency in the Trump Administration. Nevertheless, during the call President Trump complained that us support for Ukraine was not reciprocal, but somehow Ukraine needed more to the United States. What did he mean while it became clear cuz it immediately? After president selenski brought up US military support and purchasing weapons, I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot, and Ukraine knows a lot about it. Another favor that he reference there included two demands that had nothing to do with official US policy or foreign policy. First president, President Trump said I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine. They say crowdstrike, as you saw yesterday, but using I guess you have one of your wealthy people does the server they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people and he went on later. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people, and I would like you to get to the bottom of it, as you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense and did with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but They say a lot of it started with you, whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible. Here again, President Trump was referring to the baseless conspiracy theory that the Ukrainian government, not Russia, was behind the hack of a Democrat natural Committee. In 2016, not a single witness in our investigation testified that there was any factual support for this allegation. To the contrary, a unanimous assessment of the US intelligence did. He found that Russia alone interfere in the 2016 US election and special counsel, Mueller 12. Russians. For this conspiracy testified before Congress that the Russian government interfere in the 2016 tell election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Dr. Fiona Hill, an expert on Russia and President Putin, who served on the National Security Council until July 10th senior advisers, including his homeland security adviser and his former National Security advisor, that the alternative theory that Ukraine it interfered in the election was false. And although no one in the US government knew of any, she will support for this Theory, it did have one significant supporter, Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In February of 2017 President Putin said II. As we all know, during the presidential campaign, the United States, the Ukrainian government adopted a unilateral position in favor of one candidate more than that certain oligarchs, certainly with the approval of the political leadership funded this candidate or female candidate, to be more precise, and if there Was ever ever any doubt about who benefits from this unfounded Theory put forward by President Trump and his associates? President Putin made it clear very recently when he said. Thank God. No one is accusing us anymore of interfering in US elections now they’re, accusing Ukraine in the face of clear evidence, not only from intelligence. Community experts perform his own National Security team that Russia, not Ukraine, interfere to the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump. President Trump still pressed Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into this conspiracy theory, and why? Because it would help own political standing. President Trump even sought to withhold and Oval Office meeting from the president of Ukraine until he fell in line with President Putin’s lies. The leader who had actually invaded Ukraine, the second demand that President Trump made of president selenski during the July 25th call was to investigate the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, former Vice President Joe by and his son Hunter President Trump stated. The other thing there’s a lot of talk about Biden, son, that Biden stop the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that. So whatever you can do, great fighting went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution. So if you can look into it, it sounds horrible to me. Witness’S unanimously testified that there was no factual support for this claim. They noted that Vice President Biden was acting in support of an international consensus and official US policy to clean up the prosecutor General’s office. In Ukraine, despite these facts by the time of 25th call, mr. Giuliani have been publicly advocating for these two investigations for months, while also using backchannels to press Ukrainian officials to initiate them in support of his client Donald Trump ambassador understood Mr giuliani’s role very clearly. He testified Richard Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew these investigations were important to the president to others. Mr. Julie, he was working at cross-purposes with official policy channels toward Ukraine, even as he was working on behalf of President Trump. According to former National Security advisor Ambassador John Bolton, mr. Giuliani was he hand grenade is going to blow everybody up on the quote near the end of the July 25th call present ulinski circled back to the pre-cooked message that Ambassador voelker had relayed to Vanessa Lansky’s top Paid before the call president to lietzke said, I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States states, specifically Washington DC. On the other hand, I also wanted to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and we will work on the investigation. In other words, on one hand, is the White House visit, while, on the other hand, he would agree to pursue the investigations. This statement shows that President selenski fully understood at the time of the July 25th, call the quid pro quo between these investigations and the White House meeting. The President Trump Ambassador song that had testified so clearly about numerous Witnesses, testified about the importance of a white house meeting with the president of the United States, specifically unofficial by President Trump, is David home senior official in the u.s. embassy Embassy in Ukraine said. It is important to understand that a White House visit was critical to president zalenski president selenski needed to show you support at the highest levels in order to demonstrate to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had us backing as well as to advance his ambitious anti-corruption reform Agenda at home, in other words the White House visit, would help zelenski’s anti-corruption reforms remains critical, as president seletsky meets today with President Putin to try to resolve the con in the East now the day after this phone call, President Trump, so to ensure that president selenski Got the message on July 26th us officials met with President selenski another Ukrainian officials and key, and president selenski mentioned that President Trump has brought up. Some quote very sensitive issues. On quote after that meeting Ambassador Sunland had a private one-on-one meeting with Andre are mock. Presidents, alinsky’s top paid during bassador Sunland said that they probably discuss the issue of Investigations at lunch right after that, with mr. Holmes and two other state department officers, Ambassador Sunland pulled out a cell phone and called President Trump so much shocked. Mr Holmes recounted the conversation that followed. I heard Ambassador Sunland greet the president and explain he was calling from Keith. I heard President Trump and clarify that Ambassador Solomon was in Ukraine, Ambassador song and replied. Yes, he was in Ukraine and went on to state that President selenski quote loves your ass on quote: ask so he’s going to do the investigation Ambassador respond Simon replied that he is going to do it adding the president. Selenski will do anything. You ask him to do after the call Ambassador sunlen told mr. Holmes that President Trump did not give a bleep about Ukraine and only cares about the big stuff that benefits the president himself, like the Biden investigation that Mr juliani was pushing to repeat – and this is Very important answer the song Lynn spoke to President Trump before the July 25th call with president selenski and relayed to Ukrainian officials. President Trump’s requirement of political investigations in exchange for a White House meeting and during that call President Trump ask for the favor of these two immediate of these two political investigations. Immediately after Ukrainian president brought up US military support for Ukraine, which President Trump had recently suspended or put on hold the end of the call presents Allen’s. He made a point of acknowledging the link between the investigations that President Trump requested and the White House meeting that President solensky desperately wanted and then the following day, President Trump on the telephone in person. That ukrainians would indeed initiate the investigation, call, which were the only the only thing about Ukraine, the President Trump. What about now is very important to understand that this investigation revealed that the July 25th call was not of the start, nor the end of President Trump’s efforts to use the powers of his office, personal political game, and you have to look at all of the evidence. In context as a whole, prior to the call, the president had removed the former Ambassador Marie Ivanovic to clear the way for his three hand-picked agents. Spearhead is corrupt agenda in Ukraine, secretary Perry, Ambassador Sunland and Ambassador Volker. All of them attended presidential inauguration on May 20th. All political appointees, they proved be more than willing to engage in what doctor he’ll later described as an improper domestic political errand. For the president on April 21st, president has he won the Ukrainian election, with 73 % of the vote are two primary platforms to resolve the war in the East, with Russia and to root out corruption. That same day, President Trump called to congratulate him on his win. Even though the White House Press release, following the call they did, the President Trump Express his shared commitment to quote root out corruption, on quote President Trump in fact, did not mention corruption at all on this call just like he did not mention corruption. On the July 25th call shortly after this call President Trump, as vice president Mike Pence to attend president zalenski’s inauguration, but on May 13th, President Trump did an about-face and directed vice president Pence not to attend an adviser to vice. President Pence testified that the inauguration had not yet been scheduled and therefore the reason for the abrupt change of plans was not related to any scheduling issues. So what had happened in the three weeks between April 21st May 13th? Vice president Pence was originally invited and then disinvited or removed from the delegation a few things first on April 21st or 25th Vice President Biden only announced his bid for the Democratic nomination. For president, then about a week later on May 3rd. President Trump spoke with President Putin on the telephone. One senior State Department official testified that the conversation between President Trump and President Putin included a discussion of Ukraine 3rd on May 9th. Mr Giuliani told the New York Times that he intended to travel to Ukraine. On behalf of his client President Trump in order to metal in an investigation on quote, but after public backlash and a pair of pushback from the ukrainians, mr. Giuliani canceled his trip the next day, claiming the president selects he was surrounded by enemies of present. A critical May 23rd meeting in the Oval Office President Trump said that Ukraine was corrupt and try to take him down in 2016. The same false narrative. In order for the White House meeting to occur, President Trump told the delegation. They must talk to Rudy to get the visit scheduled these comments from President Trump or the first of many subsequent indications that, in his mind, corruption equals investigations in the weeks and months following Mr Giuliani relay to both Ukrainian officials and the government officials that President Trump Had designated at the May 23rd meeting to take to take a lead on Ukraine policy, the directive from President Trump that a white house meeting would not occur until Ukraine announce the two political investigations that President Trump required and call before the July 25th call Ambassador Sunland Invoker also relay this quid pro quo to the ukrainians, including the president selenski himself, Ambassador directly to present selenski at the beginning of July, urging him to reference investigations associate associated with the Giuliani factor with President Trump and the meetings at the White House on July 10th. Ambassador Solomon told the other us officials and two presidents, olinsky’s advisors, including history, that he had an agreement with acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, that the White House visit would be scheduled if Ukraine announced the investigations. One witness testified that the second of the meetings Ambassador Sunland, began to review what the deliverable deliverable would be in order to get the meeting referring to an investigation of the Biden’s. The witness told the committee that the request was explicit was no ambiguity and then Ambassador song Lynn also mentioned Purisima a major Ukrainian Energy company. That Hunter Biden sat on the board of the witnesses that testified before the committee. The references to Purisima was she hand for an investigation into the Biden’s, as well as his staff members objected to this meeting for investigations, trade and if you go and tell Eisenberg John Eisenberg, the legal advisor for the National Security Council that I am not part of Whatever drug deal, Sandlin and Mulvaney are cooking up on this and you go ahead and tell him what you’ve heard and what I’ve said. Yet this was not a rogue operation by mr. Giuliani and Ambassador Sunland invoker in the loop and their top advisors. On July 19th, Ambassador Sunland emailed Mr Mulvaney secretary Perry, secretary Pompeo and others after speaking, with present selenski subject was, I talked to zielinski just now, and he is prepared to receive POTUS is call. The president of the United States will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will quote turn over every stone. Unquote. Both secretary Perry and Chief of Staff Mulvaney quickly responded to the email, noting that, given that playdate would soon be set to schedule the White House telephone call is also unambiguously shows that the ukrainians understood this quid pro quo and had serious reservations, because president zielinski had Won the election on an anti-corruption platform, in fact, a few days before the July 25th call Ambassador, William Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine and the former permanent texted Ambassador songland and Volker his testimony on July 20th, I had a phone conversation with mr. Donnelly Oak During which he conveyed to me that President solensky did not want to be used as a in a u.s. re-election campaign for President Trump’s pressure campaign on President selenski did not relent, and just four days later, president seletsky receive that message via Kurt Volker that he needed To convince didn’t Trump that he would do the investigations in order to get that white house meeting and, as I have described, president zalenski try to do exactly that on the July 25th call with President Trump in the weeks following the July call President solensky heated President Trump’S request sending his top paid mr. Dr Mark to Madrid to meet with mr. Giuliani, in coordination with mr. Giuliani president and the President Trump’s hand-picked Representatives. They continue to take this pressure campaign to secure a public announcement of the investigations important President Trump did not require that Ukraine Julie conduct the investigations as a prerequisite for the White House meeting. Instead, Ukrainian government needed only to publicly announce the investigations. It is clear that the goal was not the investigation, selves or not any corruption that those investigations might have entailed, but the political benefit that President Trump would enjoy from an announcement of Investigations into his twenty20 political rival and against assessment. That showed that he received foreign support in the 2016 election, for that the facts didn’t actually matter to President Trump, because he only cared about the personal political benefit. From the announcement of the investigation supposed to statement that did not include specific references to the investigations that President Trump wanted. The Barista and Biden investigation in the 2016 election investigation, mr. Giuliani relay that that would not be good enough to get a house meeting. And here you can see a comparison on the left of the original statement drafted by Mr yarmuk, the top aide to president solensky and on the right, a revised statement with mr. Giuliani requirements. And it says we intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes and here’s the critical difference, including those involving Barista and the 2016 US elections which intern prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future. The only difference in the statement that Giuliani required and the statement that the Ukrainian to drafted was this reference to the two investigations that President Trump wanted and presidential lights give out on the July 25th call ultimately president’s Administration temporarily shelved announcement. Efforts to press Ukraine would remain on going by mid-august. Ukraine did not make a public announcement of the investigation to President Trump required and, as a result, no White House meeting was scheduled to president was pushing on another pressure point to course, Ukraine to announce the investigations. The hold on the it’ll military assistance that the president had put in place for more than a month still without any explanation to any of the policy experts or investigation, revealed that a number of Ukrainian officials had made kresa various us officials about the eighties early is July 25th, a day of the phone call increase by Ukrainian officials continued in the weeks and that followed until the hold was revealed at the end of August. But this is important. It was important for the Ukrainian officials to keep it quiet, because if it became public, then Russia would know that the US support for Ukraine might be on ice. So by the end of that, the evidence revealed several facts. The president demanded that Ukraine publicly announced to politically-motivated investigations to benefit his re-election to a coveted White House meeting was reconditioned on Ukraine, announcing those investigations. Three President Trump had placed a hold on vital military assistance to Ukraine. Without any explanation, and notwithstanding the uniform report for that assistance from the relevant federal agencies and Congress Ambassador Taylor testified and the security assistance that President Trump needed was crazy. Any told the Ambassador Sunland, as I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for the help. With a political campaign. Ambassador song Lynn wrote an email to secretary Pompeo on August 22nd. He wrote Mike, should we block time in Warsaw for a short pull aside for POTUS to meet zielinski? I would ask selenski, look him in the eye and tell him that once Ukraine’s new Justice folks are in place, parentheses, mid-september Z, President selenski should be able to move forward publicly and with confidence on those issues of to POTUS and to the US. Hopefully, that will break the logjam. Ambassador testified that this was a reference to the political investigations that President Trump discussed on the July 25th call, which secretary ultimately admitted to that he listened to in real-time Ambassador Sunland, hoped that this would help lift the Log Jam which he meant the hold on critical Security assistance to Ukraine and the White House meeting and what was secretary, Pompeo response 3 minutes later. Yes, after the hold on Military assistance, became public on August 2018 or Ukrainian officials expressed grave concern. Deeply worried, of course, about the Practical impact on their efforts to fight Russian aggression, but also in this goes back to why I remain confidential. Also about the public message that it sent to the Russian government on September Anna pre-briefing, with vice-president Pence before he met with President solensky Ambassador Sunland, raised the issue of the whole done security assistance. He said I mentioned before the meeting the ukrainians that I had concerns about. The delay in Aid had become tied to the issue of Investigations. Vice president Pence simply nodded in response expressing neither surprised nor dismay. The linkage between the two and following vice-president Pence’s meeting with President selenski Ambassador, something went over to mr. year Mach again, president alinsky’s top paid and pull them aside to explain that the hold on security assist was also now conditioned on the public announcement of the barismo Biden and the 2016 election interference investigations that he had previously made a new fake and telling Ukrainian officials that only the White House meeting was conditioned on a public announcement of the political investigations beneficial to President Trump. In truth, everything the White House meeting and the vital charity assistance to Ukraine was now conditioned on the Public Announcement. President Trump wanted president selenski in a public box. A private commitment was not good enough. Nearly one week later on September, the holes remained and President Trump and Ambassador Sunland spoke on the phone. The president immediately told him bastard of Stalin that there was no quid pro quo, but – and this is very important – selenski would still be required to announce the investigations in order for the whole done security assistance to be lifted, and you should want to do it. In effect, this is the equivalent of saying there is no quid pro quo before then demanding precisely that quid pro quo and immediately. This was the precise message that Ambassador Sunland passed directly. The president selenski, according to Ambassador Taylor, Ambassador Sunland, also said that he had talked to president selenski and mystery are Mock and had told them that, although this was not a quid pro quo, if president selenski have did not clear he’s up in public, we would be At a stalemate – and I understood a stalemate – to mean that Ukraine would not receive the much-needed military assistance needing the military assistance and hoping for the White House meeting. Penske finally, relented to President Trump’s pressure campaign and Arrangements were soon made for the Ukrainian president to make a statement during an interview on CNN, where he would make a public announcement wanted. In order for president seletsky to secure the White House meeting and for Ukraine to get that much-needed military assistance, and although there is no doubt that held up until the committed to the investigations on October 17th, acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney confirmed in public that there Was such a quid-pro-quo? Let’S watch what he said. That was those with a driving factor that he also mentioned to me and Pastor that the the corruption related to the DNC server. Absolutely no question about that. But that’s it investigation into the Democrats, which part of the reason that he withhold funding to Ukraine the look back to what happened in 2016. There you have it by early September, the president scheme was unraveling on September, 9th intelligence oversight and Foreign Affairs committee has announced an investigation into President Trump and mr. John giuliani’s efforts in UK and later that same day, the intelligence committee learn that a whistleblower had filed A complaint nearly a month earlier related to some unknown issue but which the president and the White House knew was related to and had been circulating among them for sometime later on September 11th, in the face of growing public and Congressional scrutiny, President Trump lifted the hold On security assistance to Crane, as with the employment, the hold no reason was provided put simply President Trump got caught, so he released the 8th. But even since this investigation began, the president has demonstrated no Contrition or acknowledgement to interfere in our election is wrong. In fact, he has repeatedly called on Ukraine to investigate bike. Vice President Biden, his rival, these and other actions by the president and his associates. Interference in our election continues today support for Trump in 2016, which President Trump invited by asking for his opponent to be hacked by Russia, and it did not end when is Ukrainian. Skiing was exposed Institute of this year. President Trump also engaged once this investigation began in an unprecedented effort to obstruct the inquiry, and I look forward to answering your questions about that on obstruction. In conclusion, I want to say that the intelligence committee has produced to you. I nearly 300 Page report and I am grateful that you have offered me the opportunity today to walk you through some of the evidence underlying it. Admittedly, it is a lot to digest, but let me just say this: the president’s scheme is actually quite simple and the facts are not seriously and dispute. It could be boiled 240 takeaways. First, the President Trump directed a scheme to pressure Ukraine into opening two investigations. That would benefit is 20/20 re-election campaign and not the US national interest. Second, President Trump uses official prison official tools of US foreign policy, the withholding of an oval office meeting in 390 $ 1000000 in security assistance to pressure Ukraine into meeting his demands. Third, everyone was in the loop as Chief of Staff, the Secretary of State and vice president and fourth, despite the public discovery of this scheme, which prompted the president to release the egg he has not given up. He and his agents continue to solicit Ukrainian interference in our election, causing an imminent threat to our elections in our national security search, ammonite, emotion, emo,
Daniel Goldman, of the House Intelligence Committee, remarked that President Trump “abused the power of office – the American presidency – for his personal political benefit.”

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