Republicans issue 123-page defense of Trump ahead of Democrats’ impeachment report

Pre-emptive strike offers blueprint for GOP senators to acquit president, claiming a plot by Democrats

Donald Trump’s actions towards Ukraine were “entirely prudent” and involved “no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power”, according to a draft Republican report on last month’s impeachment inquiry hearings.

Designed as a pre-emptive strike on an imminent report from the Democratic majority, the GOP document underlines how evidence presented at the hearings failed to shatter Republicans’ united front.

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