Donald Trump: Democrats want new evidence in Ukraine affair

The Democrats in the US House of Representatives say they have further incriminating evidence of the upcoming impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump in the Senate. Among other things, this involves confidential telephone data, according to a statement released on Tuesday evening by four democratic committee chairs. Since this data contained "sensitive personal information", it would not be made public. In addition, a man named Lev Parnas, who has ties to Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, has made incriminating material available to the Intelligence Committee.

The secret service committee chair, Democrat Adam Schiff, published material from Parnas. Parnas and a companion were arrested in Washington in October. They are accused of using illegal campaign donations to force the removal of what was then the US ambassador to Ukraine, including a letter from Giuliani, among other things, which Schiff published in which he acted as Trump's personal lawyer in May Meeting with the designated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj tried. In a handwritten note from Parnas it says: "Get Selenskyj to announce that the Biden case will be investigated."

The Democrats accuse Trump of urging Selenskyj to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter to influence the 2020 US presidential election in his favor. They see it as proven that Trump has made a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House and the release of military aid for Ukraine dependent on the announcement of such investigations. They accuse him of abuse of power and hindrance to the House of Representatives investigations. Democrats want to clear the way for Trump impeachment in the Senate. The House of Representatives wants to decide on Wednesday to transfer the two charges against Trump to the Senate. This is a prerequisite for the formal initiation of impeachment proceedings against the President in the Senate, which should begin in the coming days. The four Democratic committee chairmen said the new evidence would be sent to the Senate along with other material on which the charges were based.

Trump has to face an impeachment procedure as the third president in US history (you can read here how exactly such a procedure works). The House of Representatives had already decided four weeks ago to officially open impeachment proceedings with the majority of the Democrats. The head of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has so far held back charges of inconsistency with Republicans over the Senate process, with Republicans in the Senate holding 53 seats, and Trump is expected to be acquitted. In order to be impeached, a two-thirds majority of 67 senators would have to vote for at least one of the two charges. It is not foreseeable.

Russian Hacker Attack Report Shortly before the impeachment process began, a report on a Russian hacker attack alerted Democrats in the US Congress. An American cyber security company, Area 1, has been accusing Russia's military intelligence agency GRU of attacking Ukrainian gas company Burisma since early November 2019 to steal employee email credentials. Burisma plays a role in the Ukrainian affair: Joe Biden's son Hunter was once employed by the company, and Pelosi now accused Trump of not protecting the US elections sufficiently. "The alarming reports that the Russian government continues to interfere in our elections in favor of the president and to undermine our democracy underscores the urgent need to act," said Pelosi. "American elections should be decided by the American people, not by the Russian government." Adam Schiff said that again Russian influence seems to be aimed at helping Trump. The hacker attack could be the prelude to more interference in the 2020 election, he warned, and Area 1's report does not reveal what information was allegedly tapped in the alleged hacker attack. Military intelligence was directly accused of hacking the camp of Trump's then-competitor Hillary Clinton as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign.
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