Sep 25, 2019

Schiff: Trump's public statements are "damning enough" for impeachment

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that President Trump's public statements about his interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are "damning enough" for an impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: The comments from Schiff, who had been relatively cautious about impeaching the president prior to this weekend, illustrate that Democrats are more than prepared to move forward with the impeachment inquiry regardless of what the transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky says.

What Schiff said:

"What the president has said publicly is damning enough. Let's look at what he's said. Let's look at what [Rudy Giuliani] has said.
They both admitted to pressuring Ukraine to manufacture dirt on their opponent Joe Biden. There’s no rationalizing that. No justifying that. That is a horrible abuse of the oath of office. ...
The president’s acknowledgment of withholding Ukraine aid, the fact that he would not even share with leaders of his own party, like Mitch McConnell, the justification. The fact that when this came to light, he is now giving shifting explanations for why he withheld the aid.
I think all of those facts, which are uncontested at this point, compel us to move down the path of a formal impeachment inquiry."

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Giuliani says he will comply with impeachment inquiry if Trump tells him to

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President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on ABC's “This Week” on Sunday that he will cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment investigation of Trump and Ukraine if the president tells him to, but called Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) an "illegitimate chairman."

Why it matters: The committee is quickly moving ahead with its investigation into allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday and scheduling a series of hearings and depositions for this week. Schiff later said on ABC that the committee will "make that decision down the road" on whether it would be "productive" to bring in Giuliani, a Trump loyalist who is notoriously combative in cable news interviews.

Go deeperArrowSep 29, 2019

Trump-Ukraine scandal: The key players, dates and documents

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House's impeachment inquiry has been driven forward by new disclosures of what exactly President Trump wanted the government of Ukraine to do — revealed in 3 key documents, but nonetheless distorted and disputed along the way.

We've gathered the key players, events and disclosures of the Trump-Ukraine saga in one place to clear up what's happened so far and examine where we go from here.

Go deeperArrowOct 8, 2019

All 2020 Democrats want to impeach Trump

Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Photos: Getty Images

All major 2020 Democratic candidates have joined the call to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Driving the news: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sept. 24 that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

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