Politics 'Ramblings of a basement blogger': White House press secretary slams Schiff impeachment report
Intelligence Committee to begin circulating draft Ukraine report Monday
It's a crucial step in the House's fast-moving impeachment inquiry. © Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff After a 24-hour review period, the panel is expected to approve the findings on Tuesday — likely on a party-line vote — teeing it up for consideration by the Judiciary Committee, which is expected to draft and consider articles of impeachment in the coming weeks.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tore into released by House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee.
The report, released on Tuesday, accuses President Trump of withholding almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically expedient investigations, including into rival Joe Biden.
Grisham, 43, ripped Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the chairman of the committee, in a statement released shortly after the report was made public.
“At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump,” Grisham said. “This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations."
“Chairman Schiff’s report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing,” she added.
Republicanson Monday that argued the president did nothing wrong by withholding military assistance. They also argued that Trump did not attempt to obstruct House impeachment proceedings, a claim that House Democrats have made.
Adam Schiff: Trump’s Ukraine actions constitute bribery. ‘That’s exactly what’s gone on here.’ .
The House Intelligence chair says it is up to the Judiciary Committee to decide whether to pursue such a charge among articles of impeachment.“This is certainly, I think, what the founders had in mind when they used that word in the Constitution,” Schiff (D-Calif.) said, defining “bribery” as “the offer of or performance of official acts, in exchange or something of value; the betrayal of a public trust to get something of personal or political value.