The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward impeachment of President Donald Trump on Tuesday after the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its draft report on the ongoing impeachment investigation.
At the same time, the chairs of the primary committees investigating Trump’s summer interactions with his Ukranian counterpart — including U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel — released a joint statement about the next steps in the process.
“The evidence is clear that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election,” according to the statement. “These investigations were designed to benefit his 2020 presidential re-election campaign.”
Engel and fellow chairs Adam Schiff and Carolyn Maloney also accused Trump of coercing Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open up an investigation into Biden’s family by offering U.S. military aid and a visit to the White House. Then once the efforts were exposed, the three accuse Trump of trying to cover it up.
“These matters are not seriously contested,” Engel and the other chairs said. “To the contrary, they make it plain that President Trump abused the power of his office for personal and political gain, at the expense of our national security.”
Jamaal Bowman, the school administrator challenging Eliot Engel for his U.S. House seat, has picked up the endorsement of education advocate and one-time gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.
Bowman used the November announcement to roll out some of his education platform focused on channeling more money to majority-minority school districts.
Also challenging Engel is former teacher Andom Ghebreghiorgis.