MADRID, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The head of the Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives of the United States, Adam Schiff, one of the seven Democratic congressmen appointed to exercise the accusation of the Lower House in the impeachment against the US president, Donald Trump He has argued Thursday that the president must leave the White House because “he has violated the Constitution.”
This is how Schiff has expressed himself, who has insisted that Trump is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the charges of which he is accused, during the third session of the political trial, in which the 'prosecutors' Democrats have presented its allegations for the second consecutive day of a total of three.
“When we are done, we believe that we will have presented the case (…). That is, he has done what he is accused of. He withheld the money … He used it to force Ukraine to do these political investigations. “He clogged us. He is obstructing us. He is trying to obstruct him. And he has violated the Constitution,” Schiff criticized, according to the CNN television network.
In this sense, the 'prosecutor' Democrat has criticized that the president “is a president who really feels he can do what he wants,” referring to Trump's request to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate Hunter Biden , the son of the former vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, which led the Democrats to drive the 'impeachment'.
In addition, he said that what Trump did “is not right.” “You cannot trust this president to do the right thing for this country,” he added.
For its part, the 'prosecutor' Zoe Lofgren, head of the Administration Commission of the US House of Representatives, has referred to Trump's alleged intention to withhold 300 million military aid to Kiev to pressure Zelenski to open the Biden research. He would also have postponed an invitation to a meeting at the White House to achieve this purpose.
Lofgren has considered that military aid to Ukraine was “of interest to only one person, Donald Trump.” “The president was not persuaded by arguments about the national interest. Because the suspension had nothing to do with the national interest. It had to do with the interest of only one person,” he said.
“The demand of Ukraine to announce these investigations was not a political decision but a personal decision of the president to benefit his own personal interests,” Lofgren said.
In this sense, the 'prosecutor' Val Demings, a congressman for Florida, has asserted that the US president “acted corruptly” and “benefited from the charge.”
“The only person who benefited from the abuse of office and the request for these investigations was Trump,” which, in his opinion, constitutes “a violation of public trust.” “When it came to choosing between the national interest of the country and his own personal interests, his re-election, President Trump chose himself,” Demings has settled.
“NEED TO LISTEN TO WITNESSES”
The reluctance of the Republican senators to allow the declaration of various witnesses in the context of the political trial, as well as the contribution of documents, is marking the process against Trump.
Thus, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, explained Thursday that the case that the 'prosecutors' Democrats are presenting “reinforces the need to listen to witnesses” at the trial.
“I don't see how a Democratic or Republican senator could (…) listen to Adam Schiff and the 'managers' of the House accusation and not demand witnesses and documents,” he reiterated.
Schumer introduced a series of amendments to the regulation proposed by the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, in order to summon witnesses and provide documents in the process. All were rejected.
THE PRESIDENT'S LEGAL TEAM
After the presentation of the Democratic allegations, to which only one session remains, the presentation of the arguments to the US president's legal team will also continue for 24 hours over three days, presumably this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
Trump's legal team has met at the White House every day since the trial began. While the president has visited the World Economic Forum in Davos, he has been informed by telephone. However, now that he is back, he participates directly in the meetings.
THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP
The political trial is chaired by the president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, and the seven deputies appointed by the House of Representatives will act as 'prosecutors' in a process in which all senators must act as jurors, regardless of the party in which they militate.
The impeachment process encompasses the investigation and voting in the House of Representatives, where Trump was officially disapproved in December, thus becoming the third censored US president, and the political trial in the Upper House, in which, to date , no president has become dismissed.
The process began following a complaint filed by an intelligence officer who considered that Trump's call to Zelenski on July 25 was an attempt to pressure him to force him to open an investigation into the Biden, paralyzing until then the delivery of more 300 million dollars of military aid to Kiev and postponing the invitation for a meeting at the White House.
Trump maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and that his call was “perfect”, despite the contradictions that have been observed in the Government since the complaint of the anonymous official for the alleged campaign of pressure on Ukraine.