Democrats accused Donald Trump in a report released Tuesday of using the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 elections.
The report, published by the House Intelligence Committee, also claimed the president obstructed the impeachment investigation.
The committee, headed by California Democrat Adam Schiff, is scheduled to meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday to vote on its findings.
The matter will then go to the House Judiciary Committee, which will open its own impeachment proceedings on Wednesday.
The House Intelligence Committee, headed by Adam Schiff (pictured), released its impeachment investigation report Tuesday
The report accuses Donald Trump of soliciting a foreign government – Ukraine – to influence the 2020 elections and also of obstructing the impeachment investigation
The report comes after five days pf public testimony last week in the House Intelligence Committee – which including a hearing with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who confirmed he believes Trump set a quid pro quo with Ukraine
House Democrats released the report after the Intelligence panel conducted a handful of closed-door meetings with witnesses and last month held five days of public hearings with 12 individuals giving sworn testimony.
If the full House eventually votes to approve formal impeachment charges, a trial would be held in the Republican-led U.S. Senate, where a two-thirds majority of those present would be required to convict and remove Trump from office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced at the end of September that the House was opening an impeachment investigation into the president.
The genesis of the probe came from a whistle-blower complaint revealing the nature of Trump’s July 25 phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
The proceedings are aimed at determining if Trump misused the power of the presidency to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigating political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden to potentially hurt his chances in 2020.
At issue is whether Trump misused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the 2020 election.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and accused Democrats of using the impeachment process to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election, denouncing the investigation as a ‘witch hunt.’
Democrats, however, insist he set a quid pro quo with Ukraine by freezing military aid a few days before the now-infamous call with Zelensky – claiming the president made the assistance dependent on Kiev announcing an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter.
Public opinion polls show Americans are bitterly divided over whether Congress should impeach Trump.
Lawmakers and the public have heard testimony from current and former officials about the military aid freeze. And Democrats have also made the case that a White House meeting with then-newly-elected Zelensky was conditioned on Kiev conducting the probe.
Witnesses also testified to issues related to a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Democratic Intelligence report comes a day after Republicans on three House committee wrote their own impeachment inquiry report.
The GOP’s 123-page prebuttal to the Democrats’ referral for impeachment, concluded that Trump’s hesitation to meet with Zelensky and his aid freeze was ‘absolutely prudent.’
It also reinforces the conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 elections in favor of Hillary Clinton – either on its own or alongside Russia.
The Republican report was written by ranking members Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Mike McCaul of the House Intelligence, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, respectively.
The report was leaked to reporters on Monday, and then later in the day released more publicly.