Let the Chutzpah Games begin! The House Judiciary Committee released its official report to the full House on its two articles of impeachment, which starts the clock ticking for a floor vote later this week. The report essentially regurgitates the same claims that started the inquiry, without noting that the hearings never produced any direct evidence or testimony to support them:
On that July 25 call, President Zelensky expressed gratitude for past American defense support and indicated that he was ready to buy more anti-tank weapons from the United States. In response, President Trump immediately asked President Zelensky to “do us a favor, though.” He asked Ukraine to announce two bogus investigations: one into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., then his leading opponent in the 2020 election, and another to advance a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, attacked our elections in 2016. One investigation was designed to help him gain an advantage in the 2020 election. The other was intended to help President Trump conceal the truth about the 2016 election. Neither investigation was supported by the evidence or premised on any legitimate national security or foreign policy interest.
After the call with President Zelensky, President Trump ratcheted up the pressure. He continued to dangle the offer of the Oval Office meeting and to withhold the $391 million in military aid. The evidence shows that, on the same day that the call took place, Ukrainian officials became aware that funding had been withheld. The President also deployed his private attorney and other agents, some acting outside the official and regular channels of diplomacy, to make his desires known.
The report fails to note in this section that the House never did uncover any evidence of a quid pro quo, or indeed that one would have been objectively illegal even if they had. In the next section, chair Jerrold Nadler indirectly explains that failure by claiming that the White House obstructed their investigation by refusing to cooperate with its subpoenas and document demands. That leaves out a little something, too: