Transcript for House Intelligence Committee finalizes its official impeachment report
There is also developing news from Washington at this hour in the impeachment inquiry. Tonight, members of the house intelligence committee are entering that secure location on the hill, the skiff, as it's called, you see it there, to read the committee's report of those televised hearings. And tonight, just beforehand, the Republicans out with their own defense of the president. And the president had a message for those Republicans who wrote the report, so, bottom line tonight, where does this go next and how quickly will all of this move? ABC's Terry Moran at the white house tonight. Reporter: In the basement of the capitol, tonight, the house intelligence committee finalizing its official impeachment report. The public will see it tomorrow. And then all eyes will turn to the house judiciary committee. The president, speaking to reporters before departing for the nato summit in London, defiantly declaring the white house won't even participate in the judiciary committee's hearing on Wednesday. Why don't you send one of your lawyers to represent your point of view before the house impeachment inquiry? Because the whole thing is a hoax. Everybody knows it. Reporter: Democrats rest their case on the testimony of witnesses who described, in the Democrats' view, a scheme by the president to withhold vital U.S. Military aid from Ukraine unless they announced an investigation of Joe Biden. The Republicans have already released their report on that testimony, arguing, "There is no direct, first-hand evidence of any such scheme," and describing the Democrats' case as "Hearsay, presumptions and speculation." Trump's strategy all along, deny he's done anything wrong and trash the process. Today, he argued the president of Ukraine backs him up. Today, the Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that president trump did absolutely nothing wrong. That should be case over. Reporter: But the Ukrainian president never said trump did nothing wrong and he criticized the decision to withhold military aid. "I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo," he told "Time." "But you have to understand, we're at war. If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us." Terry Moran is live at the white house tonight. We know members of the house intelligence committee are getting a chance to read that report tonight before they vote tomorrow. Then, of course, the report goes to the judiciary committee for their first public hearings on Wednesday. As you reported there, the president will not be represented on Wednesday, but the white house has until Friday to decide whether they want to defend the president as these proceedings go forward? Reporter: This's right. This is moving fast, David. Those witnesses on Wednesday, they'll be constitutional law school larls testifying about whether what the president is alleged to have done amounts to an impeachable offense. So, no new facts from them, and the white house does have until 5:00 P.M. Friday to decide if they're going to participate in this stage at all. But the judiciary committee and the house moving fast with votes possible on articles of impeachment by the end of the year. David? Historic couple of weeks ahead. Terry Moran, thank you. We have new reporting tonight after that deadly attack
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