Updated Dec 4, 2019

Schiff: Uncontested facts from inquiry show Trump solicited a bribe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff holds a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told NPR Tuesday the impeachment inquiry draft report provides "abundant evidence" that President Trump's acts on Ukraine would qualify him to be impeached.

What's new: Schiff told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" later Tuesday that evidence suggests Trump was "using" Rudy Giuliani to "coerce Ukraine" in that probe. Schiff said investigators are trying to find the owner of a "-1" number that featured in call records involving Giuliani and his Ukraine work. He said there were "indications in the trial of Roger Stone that when he was communicating with the president."

Background: Following the conclusion of a federal trial on charges related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, a jury found longtime Trump associate Stone guilty last month of charges including obstruction, giving false statements to a House committee and witness tampering.

I don't think there's any question that the uncontested facts show this president solicited a bribe."
— Schiff to NPR

The other side: Republicans on the House committees investigating the Ukraine controversy concluded in their own report that the president committed "no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power."

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday Democrats' impeachment inquiry had "failed each one" of the standards outlined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a March Washington Post interview that "impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan."
  • "There is nothing compelling, there is nothing overwhelming and the only bipartisan vote we have had in this House is not to move forward with impeachment inquiry," he said. "That has not stopped them," he added, singling out Schiff for criticism and claiming that the Democrat "has a long history with a problem of telling the truth."

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Democratic impeachment report claims Trump abused his power

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House Democrats conclude in a draft report released Tuesday that President Trump abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations beneficial to his re-election campaign — and that he obstructed Congress' authority by ordering witnesses to defy subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: The report will serve as an outline for some, if not all, of the articles of impeachment that the House could vote on as early as mid-December.

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GOP impeachment report claims Trump did nothing wrong

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President Trump committed “no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power,” Republicans on the House committees investigating the Ukraine controversy have concluded in a 110-page report reviewed by Axios ahead of its formal release.

Why it matters: The report provides the basis for Republicans' rejection of Democrats' anticipated articles of impeachment against the president for the remainder of the House proceedings.

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Schiff: House panel impeachment probe report to be released Tuesday

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told MSNBC's '"The Rachel Maddow Show" the panel will release the panel's impeachment inquiry report to the public Tuesday. But he added, "That's not the end of our investigation."

What he's saying: "Tomorrow night we'll also have a vote to formally transmit the committee report to Judiciary," he told host Rachel Maddow. He added that "even while Judiciary does its work," his committee would be "continuing to issue subpoenas; we're continuing to learn new information."

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