Democrats Present Resolution Of Donald Trump's Political Trial

WASHINGTON. – Democrats from the House of Representatives on Tuesday filed a resolution that would authorize the next phase of a political trial investigation against President Donald Trump, a measure that seeks to overturn accusations by Trump and his Republican allies that the process of impeachment is unfair and illegitimate.

The eight-page resolution requests open hearings and requires the Intelligence Commission to submit a report with findings and recommendations, while the Legal Affairs Committee would have the latest recommendation on the political trial.

The Chairman of the Rules Commission, James McGovern, said the resolution offers "a clear path forward" while the lower house begins the public phase of the political trial investigation, which has largely been done behind closed doors.


"It's a sad moment for our country," said McGovern. "None of us came to Congress to prosecute a president, but each of us took the solemn oath to protect and defend the constitution."

"The Republican allies of the president in Congress have tried to hide the president's behavior, but the American people will now be able to see the facts firsthand," he added.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the resolution only “confirms that the political trial of the Democrats in the House of Representatives has been an illegitimate farce since the beginning because it lacked proper authorization through a vote "

The resolution "does nothing to change the fundamental fact that Democratic representatives refuse to provide basic due process rights to the government," he said, adding that the White House is completely prohibited from participating until the Intelligence Commission " conduct two rounds of unilateral hearings to generate a biased report for the Committee on Legal Affairs. ”

Even then, the rules for White House participation remain unclear, Grisham said.

The political trial investigation reviews the July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked for a "favor": investigate a Democratic rival of the president. Democrats say the government’s request and other acts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family meant a quid pro quo in exchange for significant military aid for Ukraine, which would provide sufficient sustenance for a political trial.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the resolution on Thursday.

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