The House Intelligence Committee’s Democrat impeachment report highlights Vice President Mike Pence’s role in the Ukraine pressure campaign and his careful statement about the investigations.
Democrats accuse Pence’s office of crafting a “carefully worded statement” responding to US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony, arguing that the statement did not address the actual claims in the testimony.
Sondland testified that he told Pence, during a trip to Warsaw in early September, that the withholding of military aid had “become tied to the issue of investigations.”
The report accuses Pence, along with senior members of the administration, of being “either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the President,” and heavily relies on what Sondland testifies he told the vice president in Warsaw.
First big takeaway from House intel report: It concludes that VP Pence– who would become POTUS if Trump is removed– was "either knowledgeable of or active participant" in conduct that is basis for impeachment. pic.twitter.com/Ty5eQtYDAx
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) December 3, 2019
The Vice President’s chief of staff, Marc Short, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff after the release of Democrats’ report.
“Adam Schiff is a proven liar and this allegation further solidifies that well-earned reputation,” Short said.
Following the release of the report on Tuesday, Schiff warned that there is a “grave risk to the country” in waiting for more evidence in the impeachment case when Congress knows “enough about the President’s misconduct to make a responsible judgement.”
Schiff said the Democrats will continue to investigate and his committee could send additional information to the Judiciary Committee in the future.
“But there is, I think, grave risk to the country with waiting until we have every last fact, when we already know enough about the President’s misconduct to make a responsible judgement about whether we think that’s compatible with the office of the president,” he said.