Nadler: Giuliani trip to Ukraine shows 'crime in progress' is being committed against American democracy

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' MORE (D-N.Y.) said reports of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGoogle to spend .5 million in fight against coronavirus misinformation Hillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike 12 things to know today about coronavirus MORE’s recent trip to Ukraine show a “crime in progress” is happening and reiterate the need for lawmakers to follow through with the impeachment process. 

“This is a crime in progress against the constitution and against the American democracy,” Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week.” 

“We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foreign interference solicited by the president, which he is clearly trying to do. It goes to the heart of our democracy.”


ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosActress Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC's George Stephanopoulos, tests positive for coronavirus: 'Pure misery' Sanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race Carson declines to 'preview' plan for virus-stricken ship's docking: 'We shouldn't have 16 people saying what the plan is' MORE asked Nadler to respond to reports that Giuliani had been reporting back to the president during a recent trip to Ukraine and that he was trying to gather more information about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE and the company Biden’s son, Hunter, sat on the board of. 

Nadler said the reported actions of Trump and Giuliani are “the heart of what the Constitution meant by high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

“For the president to engage in self-dealing for his own benefit to put himself above the country and to threaten the integrity of our elections, upon which everything else depends. It is a total threat. And we must meet that threat,” Nadler said. 

House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi forms House committee to oversee coronavirus response 5 reasons Democrats fear Trump's coronavirus briefings Democrats introduce bill to set up commission to review coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.), who appeared alongside Nadler in the Sunday morning interview, said the reports show “the misconduct hasn’t stopped.” 

“So this misconduct goes on, the threat to our election integrity coming up goes on,” Schiff said.  “It's a clear and present danger … and not something that we can turn away from simply because the Republicans in the House refuse to do their duty, and [are] continuing to put the person of the president above their personal obligation.”


Giuliani recently traveled to Ukraine and met with former and current officials. Giuliani told The Washington Post that Trump has asked him to brief GOP senators and the Justice Department on his findings. A source told The Wall Street Journal that Giuliani told the president that his Ukraine trip produced “more than you can imagine.” 

Giuliani is a central figure in the impeachment probe. Democrats allege Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine while placing pressure on the foreign nation to announce an investigation into Biden, a top-tier presidential candidate. 

The House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment after the House Judiciary Committee approved them in a party-line vote.