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The fast-growing scandal with Ukraine has begun an impeachment investigation to a large extent, with Democratic leaders in Congress saying it will take only a few weeks to consolidate the findings of multiple House committees.
"This will not require months and months and months of hearings," says the rap. David Tsitsilin, D-R.I., Who spoke with NPR on Saturday.
Cicilline has a seat on the Judiciary Committee, which will gather numerous inquiries into the House and then decide whether to formally formulate members for impeachment.
The problems surrounding President Trump's contacts with Ukraine are relatively straightforward and easy to understand, Tsitsilin says, especially when compared to the complexity of the investigation into ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's involvement in Russia's 2016 election. unlike the Muller Report, where we are trying to gather events from the past, this is played out visually and in real time by the American people, "Tsitsilin says. "The US president is pressuring a foreign leader to target a political opponent to help him re-elect, and then try to cover it up."
Congressional Republicans have rejected the idea that President Trump's telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on July 25 involves something illegal or illegal. In a call, Trump called on Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, and his son, Hunter. Biden's son has come under attack from the president over work he has done in Ukraine for the energy company Burisma Holdings.
"There is absolutely nothing in this phone call that rises to the level of (impeachment)," David Perdue, R., told the Associated Press.
"It's just the president is President Trump," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Told AP.
The House Intelligence Committee – one of several House committees handling the impeachment investigation – is set to begin hearings as early as next week. His work will focus on allegations detailed in a report on the July telephone conversation and conversations between Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who met with Ukrainian officials over the president's request to investigate the family of Biden. Giuliani denied any wrongdoing.
According to the report, after a phone call between Trump and Zelensky, White House officials moved to "lock" records of the conversation by moving a rough transcript of the conversation to an electronic system designed for classified information of "particularly sensitive nature".
On Friday, the Intelligence Committee will hold a closed briefing with the intelligence community's inspector general. Democrats, as part of the impeachment investigation, also called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents related to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a number of House committees are investigating other aspects of the Trump administration, such as alleged financial conflicts of interest involving its hotels and other businesses.
"The expectation," says Tsitsilin, "is that all committees that investigate are expected to send their best information – the kind of conclusions they do – briefly to the Judiciary Committee so that we can move forward quickly when the Intelligence Committee finishes its investigation. "