The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee released a report on Tuesday that said President Donald Trump placed his political interests above the nation's interests in his conduct towards Ukraine.
The report states that Trump "compromised national security to further his personal political interests" in his negotiations with Ukraine.
The committee also concluded that Trump "was involved in an unprecedented campaign to obstruct this impeachment investigation."
Democrats accuse Trump of using military assistance and a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a debunked theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US elections. .
The committee is due to vote on Tuesday night to forward the report to the House Justice Committee, which will consider articles of impeachment against Trump.
"To compel the Ukrainian president to make his political offer, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a visit to the White House, coveted by the Ukrainian government, and a crucial US military assistance that Ukraine needed to combat the Russia, your opponent, "the report said in its conclusions.
The White House criticized the report in a statement in which it also likened panel chairman Rep. Adam Schiff to a "basement blogger."
"At the end of a fraudulent and one-sided process, President Schiff and the Democrats totally failed to produce any evidence of President Trump's wrongdoing," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said shortly after the document was released. .
The Justice Committee has scheduled the first hearing for the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday morning. This committee must approve by simple majority one or more articles of impeachment against Trump in order for the process to pass to the House floor.
Currently, the Justice Committee is made up of 24 Democrats and 17 Republicans, according to ABC News; 21 votes in favor would be required.
Then each impeachment article approved by this committee would be reviewed by the entire House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by the Democrats. Impeachment needs to be approved by the simple majority of the deputies (50% plus one vote).
Impeachment approved by the House does not mean that the president must leave office immediately. A vote has yet to be taken in the Senate.
The Senate is responsible for judging impeachment articles. The two-thirds Senate votes (67 votes) are required for Trump to be removed from office. The Senate has a majority of Republicans (53, against 47 Democrats and independents).