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“Vast amount of evidence”
Democratic counsel for the House intelligence committee, Daniel Goldman, is now giving his opening arguments in today’s judiciary committee hearing.
Goldman said there is a “vast amount of evidence showing a months-long scheme directed by the president” to pressure Ukraine.
He opened by saying his counterpart representing the Republican standpoint today, Steve Castor, was wrong when he sought to dismiss the case for impeachment, moments ago.
President Trump directed a months-long scheme to solicit foreign help in his 2020 reelection campaign, withholding official acts from the government of Ukraine in order to coerce and secure political interference in our domestic affairs.
As part of the scheme, President Trump applied increasing pressure on the president of Ukraine to publicly announce two investigations helpful to his personal reelection efforts.

He applied this pressure himself and through his agents within and outside of the US government
by conditioning a desperately-sought Oval Office meeting and $391 million in taxpayer-funded, congressionally-appropriated military assistance—vital to Ukraine’s ability to fend off Russian aggression—on the announcement of
political investigations helpful to his personal interests.

When the President’s efforts were discovered, he released the military aid, though it would take congressional action for the money to be made fully available to Ukraine. The Oval Office meeting still has not happened.
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