House releases impeachment report released

Rep. Adam Schiff laid out the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump for subverting US national security through a scheme to exploit Ukraine's need for U.S. military assistance.
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And we begin with this historic next step tonight in the impeachment inquiry. The house intelligence committee revealing late today its 300-page impeachment report. And this evening, the committee now voting on it. All of this as president trump and the first lady are on the world stage, meeting with nato leaders at 10 downing street in London and welcomed to Buckingham palace. Here at home, the democratic chair of the committee, Adam Schiff, before the cameras today, saying the investigation found the president, quote, placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the united States. And he laid out evidence, including new phone calls in this investigation. So, tonight, the vote. And where this goes next. All moving very quickly. And the president is now responding. ABC's Terry Moran leads us off from the hill tonight. Reporter: A historic moment in the capitol. Adam Schiff stepping before the cameras to lay out the case for impeachment, accusing president trump of subverting U.S. National security through a scheme to exploit Ukraine's desperate need for U.S. Military assistance in their fight against Russian-backed separatists. At the same time, there was something president trump desperately wanted and believed that he needed. And that was an investigation that would damage the rival that he feared apparently the most, Joe Biden, as well as an investigation into a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in our last election. Reporter: Schiff said the evidence his committee has amassed says that the president wanted Ukraine to announce those "Sham investigations" and he was willing to withhold nearly $400 million in U.S. Taxpayer-funded military aid to Ukraine. That aid did finally flow to Ukraine, but only after a whistle-blower's complaint triggered an investigation. And there's new evidence since the intelligence committee's public hearings, Schiff said. Phone records between the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the office of management of budget. Certainly the phone records show that there was considerable coordination among the parties, including the white house. Reporter: And, in a surprise development, the 300-page committee report accuses some of those closest to president trump, including vice president Mike pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney of being "Knoedgeable of or active participants" in the president's scheme. Schiff pointing to this moment, Mulvaney acknowledging in the white house briefing room that there was a quid pro quo. And I have news for everybody. Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy. Are we prepared to just get over it? Reporter: If we do, Schiff warned -- We are signaling to any future president they can engage in any corruption or malfeasance or negligence and they are beyond accountability. Reporter: Tonight, Republicans who already released their own 123-page report, fired back. They're having one big problem, and the big problem is, the president did nothing wrong and they can't prove it. So, let's get to Terry Moran, live on the hill tonight. And Terry, the house intelligence committee is voting this evening to send this report to the judiciary committee. That committee already set to begin hearings tomorrow? Reporter: That's right, those hearings will give the committee a chance to take a look at this report and decide whether to charge the president with impeachable offenses. Articles of impeachment. They're looking at abuse of power, obstruction of congress and obstruction of justice. But they are moving fast. Votes are expected in the committee and maybe in the full house on the impeachment of Donald Trump by the end of the year. David? Terry, thank you. A furious president trump reacting to the impeachment

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