Republicans launch impeachment rebuttal ahead of Judiciary hearing

House Republicans offered a preview of their defense strategy on Monday as Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump moves to its next phase.According to a draft copy of the GOP’s formal rebuttal, Republicans will assert that Democrats failed to unearth evidence that Trump committed impeachable offenses when he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.The Republicans’ 123-page report largely reiterates their previous defenses of the president and blasts House Democrats for pursuing impeachment, painting the effort as an attempt to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election. The report forms the basis of their response to allegations that Trump abused his power to solicit foreign assistance in the 2020 election.GOP aides on the Judiciary Committee also briefed reporters on Monday to lay out how they plan to defend Trump as the Judiciary panel officially takes the reins of the impeachment probe with its first hearing

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