Washington: Democrats and Republicans in the United States House of Representatives sparred on Monday over whether President Donald Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine for political favours in exchange for US assistance.
In a day-long hearing, Democratic and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee and their top staff lawyers argued fiercely over evidence produced in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
Democrats are expected to prepare at least two impeachment charges against Trump related to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The president and his allies in the Republican Party say the Democrats impeachment drive is partisan and they disputed Democrats’ claims Trump had pressured Ukraine.
House Democrats have accused Trump of undercutting US security policy in Eastern Europe by improperly withholding $391m in military aid for Ukraine and a White House visit for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The inquiry began after an anonymous intelligence agency whistle-blower issued an internal report in August calling into question Trump’s handling of Ukraine policy.