In a report sent to the House Judiciary Committee, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee outlined the problems with the Democrats’ impeachment theory, accusing the majority party of an “orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.” Dismissing much of the testimony given by government officials as irrelevant and rumor-driven, Republicans argued that Democrats are “trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes.”
Throughout the report, Republicans dismantled the basis of the impeachment inquiry in a systematic way that is difficult to find fault with.
“The evidence shows that President Trump holds a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption,” they wrote. “Understood in this proper context, the President’s initial hesitation to meet with President Zelensky or to provide U.S. taxpayer-funded security assistance to Ukraine without thoughtful review is entirely prudent.”
Republicans said there were a number of other problems with the impeachment theory. They argued that Trump had every reason to be concerned about Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Ukraine energy company Burisma, and that he was well within his rights to ask President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into that arrangement.
However, they said that the evidence stopped short of verifying that Trump put any pressure on Zelensky to investigate the Bidens or that he withheld military aid on the contingency that Zelensky announce such an investigation.
Indeed, they pointed out that Ukraine barely knew there was a problem with the aid until long after the July 25 phone call Trump had with Zelensky.
“Although this evidence suggests that Ukrainian officials in Washington were vaguely aware of an issue with the security assistance before August 28, the evidence does not show that the senior leadership of Ukrainian government in Kyiv was aware of the pause until late August,” they wrote.
On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee will take over the impeachment inquiry and seek to determine whether or not the full House should vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump. The hearings will begin with testimony from a variety of hand-picked legal scholars, all of whom (except the one chosen by Republicans) will undoubtedly tell the public that Trump should be impeached, tried, and dropped off on a desert island somewhere in the Pacific.
Meanwhile, polls show the American people growing increasingly skeptical of – if not outright hostile towards – this transparently partisan sham.