/House Republicans issue minority report rebutting impeachment

House Republicans issue minority report rebutting impeachment

House Republicans on Monday released a report ripping Democrats’ impeachment proceedings, arguing that the evidence collected in the probe so far does not support the accusations leveled against President Trump or rise to the level of removal from office.

“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” Republicans asserted in the 123-page report, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

The dueling versions of the case against the president follow two weeks of House Intelligence Committee hearings during which witnesses — mainly diplomats and administration officials — testified about whether $391 million in security aid to Ukraine and a White House visit for the country’s president were held up until he announced investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The committee is scheduled to vote on Democrats’ final report Tuesday before handing the document to the Judiciary Committee, which holds its first public hearing on Wednesday while the president is in London for the NATO summit.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes of California, Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan of Ohio and Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul of Texas wrote the minority report.

“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system,” the Republicans wrote.

“This impeachment inquiry and the manner in which the Democrats are pursuing it sets a dangerous precedent.”

Trump in a July 25 phone call to Zelensky asked for an investigation into Joe Biden’s efforts to oust a prosecutor who had been probing Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, which gave Hunter Biden a cushy gig on the board of directors despite a lack of experience.

The call prompted a whistleblower complaint from a member of the intelligence community, which led to the impeachment inquiry.

House Intelligence Committee Continues Open Impeachment Hearings

House Intelligence Committee Continues Open Impeachment Hearings

Rep. Jim Jordan

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Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul

Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul

In their report, Republicans asserted that the evidence found throughout the impeachment inquiry “does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukraine” to investigate the Bidens “for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.”

Nunes, Jordan and McCaul argued that a July 25 call summary released by the White House “does not reflect any improper pressure of conditionality to pressure Ukraine to investigate” Biden, and noted noting that “President Zelensky has publicly and repeatedly said he felt no pressure to investigate” the president’s “political rival.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California and fellow Democrats argue the evidence of wrongdoing is overwhelming.

“The fact that Republicans may be derelict in their duty does not relieve us of our obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Schiff tweeted last week.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of Manhattan also ripped Trump for not fully cooperating with Congress.

“If the President thinks the call was ‘perfect’ and there is nothing to hide then he would turn over the thousands of pages of documents requested by Congress, allow witnesses to testify instead of blocking testimony with baseless privilege claims, and provide any exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power,” he said in a statement.

Trump has declined an invitation to the Wednesday Judiciary Committee hearing.