AP FACT CHECK: Trump's defense in Ukraine disagrees with the facts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's defense of his actions with Ukraine clashes with known facts and witness testimony on multiple fronts as the political trial investigation advances to a new phase this week. In recent days, Trump and his allies, including Rep. Doug Collins, the main Republican in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, have cried when Democrats set the stage for court panel hearings that will begin on Wednesday and likely will produce articles of political judgment. A review of the rhetoric about this and other issues: ACCUSATION TRUMP: “We spent two wonderful weeks observing these corrupt politicians without giving us due process, without giving us lawyers, without giving us the right to speak and destroy their witnesses. She fell apart. Those were his witnesses. We were not allowed rights. ”- Florida meeting on Tuesday. COLLINS: False process ... this is a failure ... for the president to participate in a viable way in his own defense, which he has not had the opportunity to do so far. Fox News Sunday interview. RONNA MCDANIEL, president of the Republican National Committee: False political trial hearings with due process denied to our president. - to Fox News. THE FACTS: Trump was not deprived of constitutional rights during the hearings of the House Intelligence Committee because the committee was conducting an investigation, not a trial. Although the same will happen with the next round of hearings, the president of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives invited Trump and his lawyers to appear if he wishes and make a request to question the witnesses. Trump is also incorrect because the Intelligence Committee hearings only presented witnesses carefully selected by the Democrats. Several were invited at the request of the Republicans on the committee. In more general terms, each stage of the political trial investigation has been guided by the majority vote or the long-established institutional practices of Congress, as interpreted by the Democratic majority elected by the voters. It is also developed as described in the Constitution, which gives the Chamber the exclusive power to dismiss and the Senate the only power to remove a president from office. The hearings of the Judiciary Committee will be similar to the process seen in the political trial proceedings that began against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Nixon resigned and addressed a vote of dismissal from the House; Clinton was charged by the House and acquitted by the Senate. If the House dismisses Trump, the Senate trial will be seen as a normal trial in some respects, with senators as jurors. Arguments from the legal team on each side would be heard for and against Trump's removal from office. The hearings of the Intelligence Committee, on the other hand, were like the investigation phase of criminal cases, conducted without the participation of the person under investigation. ___ UKRAINE TRUMP: I kept the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country. COLLINS: “I just wanted the facts, whether it's the 2016 elections, if we're seeing, of what was happening. I was looking at the of Is there corruption, so I don't spend dollars that I don't need to spend in Ukraine, due to the corruption that was still there? - Fox News Sunday interview. THE FACTS: There is little evidence that Trump expressed concern about systemic corruption in Ukraine until he learned that word had spread about his request for a political favor from that country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. After its first phone call with Zelenskiy, in April, the White House said at the time that Trump had discussed his interest in Ukraine stopping widespread corruption. But in the recently published approximate transcript of the call, he didn't really mention corruption at all. Trump had $ 391 million in US military aid approved by the retained Congress of Ukraine from July to September, as he and his assistants pressured Ukraine to investigate the Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son, Hunter, That was in the directory of an energy company there. Before Trump froze aid, the Pentagon had already certified before congressional committees that Ukraine had made enough progress in reducing corruption to receive military assistance. The administration had already approved sending aid to Ukraine almost 50 times without retaining it due to corruption concerns. Witnesses said Trump did not express his concerns about corruption in Ukraine beyond expressing interest in investigations that would benefit him politically. Trump finally launched the aid, on September 11, after Congress realized what he had done. A few days earlier, the congressional committees had begun to investigate the matter, and both lawmakers and Trump knew that a complainant had a complaint under way. ___ TRUMP: I wanted to know why nearby European countries were not putting money too. THE FACTS: It is incorrect that European countries were not providing assistance for Ukraine. The institutions of the European Union have provided much more development assistance than the $ 204 million in Washington. Specific members of the EU, Japan and Canada also contribute significantly. Since 2014, the EU and European financial institutions have mobilized more than $ 16 billion to help Ukraine's economy, counteract corruption, build institutions and strengthen its sovereignty against further incursions by Russia after its annexation of Crimea. The United States is a great source of military assistance. But NATO also contributes a variety of military assistance programs and trust funds for Ukraine. In most of these cases, the programs are modest and NATO countries in addition to the US. UU. They take the initiative. ___ SUFFRAGE OF WOMEN TRUMP: They have been working on this for years and years. And I'm curious, why it wasn't done long ago, and also, well, I guess the answer to that is because now I'm president and we do things. ” - Observations on November 25, signing a law to produce a $ 1 coin that commemorates the centenary of the 19th Amendment that guarantees women the right to vote. THE FACTS: It was not done long ago because the centenary that was commemorated was not long ago. It is coming in nine months. The legislation that provides the currency quickly passed through Congress with bipartisan support. There is no story here of a president who achieves what previous presidents could not do. ___ Islamic State TRUMP: Como saben, capturamos el 100% del califato de ISIS. - Observaciones el 25 de noviembre en honor a Conan, el perro militar estadounidense que participó en la redada que mató al líder del Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: THE FACTS: Trump's suggestion of a 100% defeat is misleading because his own military commanders say IS is still a threat. Nor does the death of al-Baghdadi in the October 26 raid mean that the threat is gone. Es cierto que el Islamic State ha perdido su califato, la gran franja de territorio que una vez controló en partes de Siria e Irak. Pero el grupo sigue siendo una amenaza para resurgir si las condiciones que permitieron su surgimiento, como la guerra civil en Siria y la falta de una gobernanza efectiva en Irak, no se corrigen. UN experts warned in August that IS leaders aim to consolidate and create the conditions for an eventual resurgence in their Iraqi and Syrian hearts. General Frank McKenzie, head of the United States Central Command, said after Baghdadi's death that it would be a mistake to conclude that the IS has been defeated. It will take some time to restore someone to lead the organization, and during that period of time their actions may be a bit unconnected, McKenzie said. They will be dangerous. We suspect that they will try some kind of retribution attack, and we are in position and prepared for that. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency UU. He warned this month in a report by the inspector general that IS was expected to rebuild its ability to attack the West now that the anti-terrorist efforts of the Syrian and Allied Kurdish forces have been reduced. ___ OBAMA TRUMP: “I am elected and defeated the Bush dynasty. ... choose me and we beat the Clinton dynasty. Right? And then we beat Barack Hussein Obama and whatever the dynasty of hell. ” - Florida meeting on Tuesday. THE FACTS: No, Trump did not beat Obama. And there is no Obama family dynasty to assume. Trump defeated Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican primary, a defeat for a family that produced two presidents, and said Hillary and Bill Clinton would not return to the White House when he defeated her in the general election. But he has never faced Obama. ___ CNN TRUMP: “By the way CNN’s ratings are terrible. Oops Look, their light just went off. The lights just went off. ... I shouldn’t do it, because we lose a small audience when that happens. ”- Florida rally. THE FACTS: This is an invented story. Trump is suggesting that CNN turned off its camera lights the moment he criticized the news media, stopping live TV coverage of his rally. But CNN was not broadcasting the event live. ___ STATE HEALTH INSURANCE TRUMP: The Democratic Party is determined to ... gut Medicare and put all older people at risk. - Florida meeting. THE FACTS: It is incorrect that Democrats would seek to gut Medicare. Trump seems to refer to Democratic proposals to provide Medicare for everyone, but the options that would allow younger people to buy a Medicare-like plan do not imply a review of the current program. Senator Bernie Sanders' plan, a Vermont independent, would be a fundamental change, expanding Medicare to cover almost everyone in the country. But current Medicare beneficiaries would get improved benefits. Sanders would eliminate Medicare deductibles and almost all co-payments, and provide coverage for dental and vision care, as well as hearing aids. His plan would also provide long-term home and community-based care. The question is whether the US UU. You can afford to convert to a new government-managed health care system, and not let older Americans get exposed. Democratic proposals require new taxes to help pay for expanded Medicare coverage. ___ APPLE MANUFACTURING PLANT TRUMP, remembering his recent trip to Austin, Texas: Then, on Monday I flew to Texas, the great state of Texas, and opened an Apple computer plant. - Florida Rally. THE FACTS: He didn't do that, and it wasn't Monday. He visited an Austin factory on November 20, on a Wednesday, which has been manufacturing the Mac Pro for Apple since 2013. He made the same claim in a tweet on the day of his visit: Today I opened an important Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring well-paid jobs to the United States. Apple announced in September that it would continue to manufacture the Mac Pro line in Austin, after the Trump administration agreed to waive tariffs on certain parts of China's computers. He said on the day of his trip that construction of his new campus in the city had begun. ___ Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report. ___ Find AP fact checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheck This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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