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Evidence of Donald Trump’s misconduct 'overwhelming': Impeachment report

The evidence for impeaching President Donald Trump for misconduct in office and obstruction is "overwhelming". Source: AP

The White House has rejected the impeachment report, saying there is no evidence of wrongdoing

The evidence for impeaching President Donald Trump for misconduct in office and obstruction is "overwhelming," the final report on the House investigation into the US leader says.

"The evidence of the president's misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress," said the report, meant to support formal charges against Mr Trump.

"The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the US government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his re-election."

US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump.
AP

The report, which will form the basis for the House Judiciary Committee to draw up formal charges, or articles of impeachment, in the coming weeks, spells out two key areas of wrongdoing by Mr Trump.

In the first instance, it alleged, the president conditioned military aid and a face-to-face meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Kiev opening several politically-motivated investigations, including into former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 election race.

Secondly, the report said, Mr Trump actively sought to obstruct the congressional probe, refusing to provide documents to investigators, preventing witnesses from appearing, and threatening some of those who did appear.

"The evidence of the President's misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress," said the report.

"No other president has flouted the Constitution and power of Congress to conduct oversight to this extent."

The White House dismissed the impeachment report issued by the US House Intelligence Committee saying it had "failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing" by the president.

Chair of the House Intelligence committee Adam Schiff.
Chair of the House Intelligence committee Adam Schiff.
AAP

"At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump," White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said, in a reference to committee chairman Adam Schiff.

"This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations," Ms Grisham said.

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham (back) has dismissed the report.
White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham (back) has dismissed the report.
AP

"Chairman Schiff's report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing."

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