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Trump conduct ‘beyond anything Nixon did’: House impeachment chair

Nixon resigned in 1974, two years after the burglary of Democratic offices in the complex in Washington.

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President Donald , by withholding military aid from Ukraine to demand dirt on a potential election rival, went beyond anything done by disgraced predecessor Richard , the Democratic chair of the House impeachment panel alleged Thursday.

“What we’ve seen here is far more serious than a third-rate burglary of the Democratic headquarters,” House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said in a reference to the scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation.

“What we’re talking about here is the withholding of recognition (for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy) in that White House meeting, the withholding of military aid to an ally at war,” Schiff said.

“This is beyond anything Nixon did.”

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Trump is threatened with impeachment by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for pushing Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Nixon resigned in 1974, two years after the burglary of Democratic offices in the Watergate complex in Washington.

Schiff’s comments came at the end of five days of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, which saw several witnesses testify that military aid to Ukraine was made contingent on Trump’s demand that Zelensky announces an investigation of the Bidens.

“People look to from all over the ,” Schiff said. “People in Ukraine want a better future, they look to .

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“They still look to and increasingly they don’t recognize what they see,” the Democrat from California said. “That is a terrible tragedy for but is a greater tragedy for the rest of the .

“In my view there is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law,” Schiff said.

© Agence France-Presse

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