With testimony over, work begins on key impeachment report

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The chairman of the U.S. congressional committee that is leading the inquiry into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine said on Monday the impeachment process would move to the next step shortly after lawmakers return to Washington next week from a break.

On Monday, hundreds of pages of the intelligence committee of Democratic President Adam Schiff were being compiled in a comprehensive report that will begin to describe whether President Donald Trump participated in "treason, bribery or crimes and misdemeanors" by retaining $ 400 million in aid while pressing. Lindsey Graham, salvage to relieve digging into fraudulent claims that Ukraine became involved about 2016 election interference, a belief that contradicts the findings of US intelligence. "If you don't like Trump, vote against him".

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said the December 4 hearing, called the "the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment", is expected to feature legal experts weighing on purported evidence of President Trump committing impeachable offenses during his July 25 telephone call with the leader of Ukraine.

The decision to press ahead quickly, however, means that Democrats are making a calculated decision to forgo opportunities to obtain more testimony and records that are relevant to their inquiry, a risk that was underscored hours after they announced their plans.

Her forceful testimony countered the Republican defense of Trump and his dealings in Ukraine and connected the dots between the dozen current and former administration witnesses who testified.

Even as investigators race to compile the report, Democrats aren't ruling out more testimony.

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The Intelligence Committee could still hear John Bolton, the president's former national security adviser, who left the White House after saying he didn't want to get involved in the "drug business" Giuliani was preparing, according to the testimony of an important assistant.

"The investigation is not going to end", Schiff said.

Bolton has so far rejected an invitation to testify.

However, Schiff asserted in his letter, "As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts-a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical US military assistance-on Ukraine announcing sham, politically motivated investigations that would help President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign". The panel has issued a subpoena to Parnas for documents about the matter.

"If other witnesses seek to show the same patriotism and courage of their colleagues and deputies and decide to obey their duty to the country over fealty to the President, we are prepared to hear from them", Schiff wrote.

One witness Schiff does not expect to hear from is the still anonymous government whistleblower whose complaint about Trump's phone call with Ukraine sparked the impeachment probe. The committee is now trying to protect the complainant from retaliation.