Impeachment Talking Points: House Intel Report Will Show Overwhelming Evidence Of Bribery As Judiciary Committee Prepares Impeachment Probe

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The House Intelligence Committee report that will be submitted to the House Judiciary Committee will show that the evidence is overwhelming.

Witness testimony, text messages, emails, and transcripts all make clear that Donald Trump demanded Ukraine interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf before he’d give them either critical military aid or a White House meeting. 

That’s a classic pay-to-play bribery scheme. He solicited something of personal value in exchange for official U.S. actions.

Bribery is one of the only crimes specifically described in the Constitution as impeachable.

That’s why the House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with impeachment hearings this week. 

Lawmakers have a duty to show that nobody is above the law—not even the president of the United States.

With support for impeachment remaining high after two weeks of public hearings, the question for Republicans is whether they will keep lighting themselves on fire to defend Trump. 


The White House and their Republican allies on Capitol Hill are more focused on obstruction than defending Trump’s actions.

  • House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins promises to use procedural tricks to obstruct the hearing on Wednesday.
  • The White House is refusing to participate in the Judiciary Committee proceedings or even send a lawyer, undermining their complaints about an unfair process.
  • The White House continues to block witnesses and documents they claim would exonerate Trump, including White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

The reason is clear: The White House defense of Donald Trump has collapsed and Republicans cannot defend Trump on the substance of the underlying charges.

  • A major defense from the White House has been EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony that Donald Trump told him there was “no quid pro quo.” New evidence shows that call never happened. 
  • Another major defense from Trump’s allies has been that the Ukrainians didn’t know that aid was being withheld when Trump demanded they investigate his political rival on the July 25 phone call. Testimony from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper show that’s not true.

Originally posted on Impeachment HQ. Re-posted with permission.

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Impeachment HQ is a new rapid response project that serves as a resource to talkers, reporters, and activists on the impeachment proceedings.

The new project is a joint effort from Defend the Republic, a messaging and strategic communications project focused on holding the Trump Administration accountable, and Stand Up America, one of the country’s largest grassroots advocacy organizations and a key group driving grassroots action on impeachment.

The project is led by Zac Petkanas, who was previously the Director of Rapid Response for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Communications Director to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senior Adviser to the Democratic National Committee.

The project is also supported by communicators, campaigners, and researchers from both Defend the Republic and Stand Up America—including Ryan Thomas, the Press Secretary for Stand Up America, who leads the communications team.

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