Fact-checking Trump's barrage of anti-impeachment tweets

Fact-checking Trump's barrage of anti-impeachment tweets

Fact-checking Trump's barrage of anti-impeachment tweets

Witness William Taylor says Donald Trump "cared more about the investigations of Biden" than Ukraine itself.

The panel's Democratic chairman, Representative Adam Schiff, has been a target of the Republican president's attacks since the impeachment probe was launched in September after a whistleblower within the United States intelligence community brought a complaint against Trump over his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The Bidens have said that Trump's allegations were unfounded.

Ukraine's Zelenskiy, a comedian and, like Trump, a political novice, won a landslide election victory in April promising voters an end to a conflict with Russian-backed forces in the Donbass region that has killed 13,000 people.

He is only the fourth US president to face impeachment.

The investigation, formally launched six weeks ago by Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, has shadowed Trump's presidency with the threat that he could be removed from office even as he seeks re-election next year.

Americans who haven't had time to "read the transcript" as encouraged by President Donald Trump can start tuning in to hear first-hand from witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry. None were removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned as he faced nearly certain impeachment in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

According to the memo, the Republicans plan to argue that "President (Volodymyr) Zelensky and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call".

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's first open impeachment hearing begins Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET.

A July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy is at the nexus of the investigation that is determining whether the US president prodded his counterpart into probing a political rival whom he might face in next year's presidential election.

Earlier Monday, the transcripts of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper's testimony were released as well by the House committee chairs.

If that occurs, the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial, but Republicans have so far shown little interest in removing Trump from office.

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