Adam Schiff: ‘Trump Put His Own Personal and Political Interests Above Those of the Nation’

‘To press a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation’


SCHIFF: “As Ambassador Sondland would later tell career foreign service officer David Holmes immediately after speaking to the President, Trump did not give a — he then used an expletive — about Ukraine. He cares about big stuff that benefits the president, like the Biden investigation that Giuliani was pushing. To press a foreign leader to nation. He undermined our military and diplomatic support for a key ally and undercut U.S. anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. How could our diplomats urge Ukraine to refrain from political investigations of its own citizens if the President of the United States was urging Ukraine to engage in precisely the same kind of political investigations of one of our own citizens. At the White House, career professionals became concerned that President Trump, through an irregular channel that involved his acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and Rudy Giuliani, was pushing a policy towards Ukraine at odds with the national interest."

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