Trump talks about “scam” and the White House insists that the president “has not done anything wrong”
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The House of Representatives has voted this Wednesday in favor of sending to the Senate the statement of objections against US President Donald Trump, the last step before the impeachment begins in the upper house.
The plenary session of the lower house has voted to send the articles of the 'impeachment' to the Senate and to ratify the seven congressmen who will be responsible for exercising the accusation against Trump in the upper house, called 'managers'.
Those elected are the heads of the Judicial and Intelligence Commissions of the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, respectively, as well as that of the Administration Commission, Zoe Lofgren, to which Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (New York) ), Val Demings (Florida), Jason Crow (Colorado) and Sylvia Garcia (Texas).
The 'managers' had been appointed hours before by the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, for her “litigating” character. “We want to present the strongest case possible to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people,” he said in an appearance.
It is expected that the 'managers' go to the Senate on Wednesday to present the statement of objections against Trump, although the upper house would not admit it until Thursday, according to CNN. So, the political trial will begin in the next few days.
With the vote on Wednesday, the House of Representatives has lost control over the impeachment against Trump, a process that has dominated since the beginning of the official investigation, last September.
The American press has indicated in recent weeks that Pelosi would have resisted naming the 'managers', precisely, to force the Senate, a Republican majority, to agree on a protocol for the 'impeachment' that the Democrats consider fair.
The head of the House Representatives said last week, when she announced that she would take this step, that her main fear is that some facts are dismissed and that those already indicated are not allowed to be expanded.
The White House has accused Pelosi of “lying when he said that this (the 'impeachment') was urgent and vital to national security,” since he has extended it a month “in an outrageous effort to gain political support.”
“The only thing that President Pelosi has achieved with this shameful and illegitimate process of 'impeachment' is to show that she is focused on politics rather than on the American people,” he said in a statement.
THE WITNESS POLICY
The Democrats claim that the witnesses who could not appear during the investigation in the House of Representatives, mostly members of the Trump Administration or their collaborators, do so now at the Senate trial.
The US president expressly gave the order to his subordinates not to cooperate with Congress in the investigation of the 'impeachment' – hence the second charge against him – although some, such as the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, They have already advanced that they are willing to do so in the Senate.
“We're here again,” Trump reacted on Twitter. “Another scam of Democrats who do nothing,” he said, arguing that “all this work (the testimonies) should be done by the House of Representatives, not the Senate.”
Schiff has argued that, if the House of Representatives had had to wait for the required witnesses to appear, the process would have been prolonged “years”, which “would have completely nullified the power of 'impeachment.”
In any case, it has downplayed the intervention of witnesses. “Witnesses can tell the truth or not, but the documents generally do not lie,” said the head of the Intelligence Commission.
THE FEE OF CHARGES
The 'impeachment' became a reality last December, when the House of Representatives – of a democratic majority – agreed to formally accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, forcing him to hold a political trial in the Senate which will conclude with his acquittal or cessation.
Trump is accused of pressuring his Ukrainian pair, Volodimir Zelenski, to open two investigations: one on the alleged corrupts of the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the European country and another on the “discredited theory” that Kiev was, not Moscow, who interfered in the 2016 presidential elections.
According to US congressmen, Trump conditioned the opening of these two investigations on an “anxious” visit of Zelenski to the White House and the military aid that the United States gives to Ukraine in the framework of the war in Donbas.
The lower house is convinced that Trump sought to harm Biden and the Democrats in the face of the 2021 presidential elections, in which he will try to get a second term.
The New York tycoon has defended his innocence at all times, emphasizing that there was no “quid pro quo” with Zelenski, denouncing that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” of the Democrats because they have not yet digested their 2016 electoral victory. He has shown that the Senate will knock down the 'impeachment'.
“President Trump has done nothing wrong,” the White House has reiterated. “He hopes to enjoy the right to due process in the Senate that President Pelosi and the House of Representatives have denied him and hopes to be exonerated,” he added.