The Democrats in the US House of Representatives say they have further incriminating evidence of the upcoming impeachment proceedings against the US President Donald Trump in the Senate. Among other things, this involves confidential telephone data, it is said in a spread on Tuesday evening Message from four democratic committee chairs, Since this data contained "sensitive personal information", it would not be made public. He also has a man named Lev Parnas, who has connections to Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani have made incriminating material available to the Secret Service Committee.
The chairman of the secret service committee, the democrat Adam Schiff, published material from Parnas, Parnas and a companion were arrested in Washington in October. They are accused of using illegal campaign donations to force the removal of what was then the US ambassador to Ukraine.
Among the documents published by Schiff is a letter from Giuliani, in which he, in his role as Trump's personal lawyer, asked to meet with the designated Ukrainian President in May Volodymyr Selenskyj tried. In a handwritten note from Parnas it says: "Get Selenskyj to announce that the Biden case will be investigated."
The Democrats accuse Trump of Selenskyj's investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and pushed his son Hunter to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election in his favor. They see it as proven that Trump has made a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House and the release of military aid for Ukraine dependent on the announcement of such investigations. They accuse him of abuse of power and hindrance to the House of Representatives' investigations.
Democrats want to clear the way for Trump impeachment in the Senate
The House of Representatives plans to pass on the two charges against Trump to the Senate this Wednesday. This is a prerequisite for the formal initiation of impeachment proceedings against the President in the Senate, which should begin in the coming days. The four Democratic committee chairmen said the new evidence would be sent to the Senate along with other material on which the charges were based.
Trump has to face an impeachment process as the third president in US history (you can see exactly how such a process works read here). The House of Representatives had already decided four weeks ago to officially open impeachment proceedings with the majority of the Democrats. However, the head of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has so far held back charges of inconsistency with the Republicans over the proceedings in the Senate.
Since the Republicans have the majority in the Senate with 53 seats, Trump is expected to be acquitted. In order to be impeached, a two-thirds majority of 67 senators would have to vote for at least one of the two charges. It is not foreseeable.
Russian hacker attack report
Shortly before impeachment began, a report of a Russian hacker attack alarmed Democrats in the US Congress. An American cyber security company, Area 1, has been accusing Russia's military intelligence agency GRU of attacking Ukrainian gas company Burisma since early November 2019 to steal employee email credentials. Burisma plays in the Ukraine affair a role: Joe Biden's son Hunter was once employed by the company.
Pelosi now accused Trump of not adequately protecting the US election. "The alarming reports that the Russian government continues to interfere in our elections in favor of the president and to undermine our democracy underscores the urgent need to act," Pelosi explained, "American elections should be decided by the American people, not by the Russian government." Adam Schiff said that again Russian influence seems to be aimed at helping Trump. The hacker attack could be the prelude to greater interference in the 2020 election, he warned.
The Area 1 report does not reveal what information was allegedly tapped in the alleged hacker attack. Military intelligence was directly accused of hacking the camp of Trump's then-competitor Hillary Clinton as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign.