And it is a humdinger!
Courtesy of NYT:
House Democrats on Tuesday asserted that President Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election, releasing an impeachment report that found the president “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States.”
The report by the House Intelligence Committee was a sweeping indictment of the president’s behavior, concluding that he sought to undermine American democracy and endangered national security, then worked to conceal his actions from Congress. Democrats left it to another committee to decide whether to recommend Mr. Trump’s impeachment, but their report presented what are all but certain to be the grounds on which the House votes to formally charge him.
“The founding fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment,” it said.
The intelligence panel adopted it, strictly along partisan lines, hours after its release.
The 300-page report provided some new details of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s frequent calls to the White House. But for the most part, it described the account that emerged over more than two months of sworn testimony from diplomats and other administration officials of how the president and his allies pressured Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats, while withholding nearly $400 million in military assistance and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president.
“The impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, uncovered a monthslong effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election,” the report said.
Besides Rudy Giuliani, the report also names several members of Trump’s Administration as being complicit with the pressure campaign applied to Ukraine, and those include Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Rick Perry, the energy secretary; and Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff.
And then there is Devin Nunes.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The report contains call records — as early as from April — with Giuliani speaking with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, and with Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking with Giuliani, plus recently indicted Lev Parnas.
“It’s unclear what legitimate purpose the president’s personal lawyer would have to speak at length with the White House Office of Management and Budget. But the revelation is likely to fuel arguments from House Democrats that Giuliani was intimately involved in a scheme to use U.S. taxpayer dollars as leverage to advance Trump’s personal political interests,” NBC’s Josh Lederman writes.
As for Nunes, he didn’t deny he spoke with Parnas. “It’s possible,” Nunes told Fox News’ Sean Hannity when asked if he talked with him. “But I haven’t gone through all of my phone records. I really don’t recall that name. I remember that name now, because he’s been indicted.”
The records (Link) show that Nunes called both Giuliani and Parnas multiple times in mid-April.
One of his calls with Lev Parnas lasted nine minutes.
This inspired the attorney for Lev Parnas to publicly shame Nunes on Twitter.
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 3, 2019
In my opinion these phone records offer a serious indictment against Rudy Giuliani and suggest that Devin Nunes should NEVER have been sitting on that House Intelligence Committee during those impeachment hearings.