Schumer Lays Out 'The Many Relevant Avenues of Inquiry' That Must Be Pursued

By Susan Jones | September 25, 2019 | 11:46am EDT
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( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated on Wednesday that the just-launched impeachment inquiry into President Trump will be thorough and far-reaching.

He outlined the "relevant avenues of inquiry," as follows:

The timeline of events that led to the whistleblower complaint must be scrutinized. The nature of President Trump's communications with President Putin as well as Ukrainian President Zelensky should be requested and provided with special focus on the phone call that took place with Mr. Putin a few days after the Zelensky call on July 25.

The timing of the departures of the United States ambassador to Ukraine and the former director of national intelligence and his principal deputy must be investigated as well as the movements of President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the correspondence between him and the White House, and his interactions with foreign governments.

We must learn what actions President Trump or his aides took to withhold congressionally directed security aid to Ukraine and why, and more besides. The answers to these questions and others can be pursued by the House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry, and that is precisely what the inquiry is for.

The release of the transcript of one of President Trump's calls with President Zelensky which just came out will not assuage our concerns or the public's concerns. Based on early reports, it may heighten them.

We must remember, the president was reported to have several calls with President Zelensky over the summer and his administration has a well-earned reputation for dishonesty, altered facts, and incomplete disclosure in public releases.

We need to see the complete, unredacted whistle-blower complaint without further delay. The whistleblower must be allowed to testify without fear of intimidation.

And then we must pursue the many relevant avenues of inquiry that I just described.

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent his resignation letter to President Trump on Sunday, July 28, three days after Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelensky.

In that letter, Coats wrote, "As we have previously discussed, I believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

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