A memo to GOP members of the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees, written by top Republicans serving on the panels involved in the closed-door impeachment inquiry hearings over the past month, outlines arguments and "key points of evidence" to use in President Donald Trump's defense in public impeachment hearings that begin Wednesday.
The document, obtained by Fox News, CNN, and other news outlets, makes the case that Democrats did not present evidence of any quid pro quo occurring during the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Its writers complain that even though the hearings are going public, they will remain "one-sided, partisan and fundamentally unfair."
CNN reports that the memo's writers said, while listing the key points of evidence:
- The Trump-Zelenskiy call showed no conditions placed or pressure in exchange for Ukraine conducting investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter;
- Zelenskiy and Trump both said there was no pressure involved;
- Ukraine's government was not aware that there had been a hold on placed on aid at the time of the phone call;
- The hold on security assistance was lifted on Sept. 11.
The memo's writers also pointed out that there will be no due process for Trump in the hearings, reports Fox News, saying there are no guarantees House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff will call witnesses wanted by Republicans after he denied their call to question the anonymous whistleblower whose report sparked the inquiry.
Trump had a “deep-seated, genuine and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine and U.S. taxpayer-funded foreign aid" the memo says, because of the "pervasive corruption" in the country since the Soviet Union's collapse.
The memo's writers also say Ukraine's government officials interfered in the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, which has not been proven, Fox News notes.
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