'Abuse of Power' and 'Obstruction of Congress': Democrats Announce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress, misconduct that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said amounts to “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“Our president holds the ultimate public trust,” Nadler, a Democrat from New York, said during a press conference. “When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security.”
Nadler summarized the two articles of impeachment, which are expected to be released in full later Tuesday:
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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the articles of impeachment as early as Thursday.
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The two articles came after seven days of House impeachment hearings in which former and current Trump administration officials as well as legal scholars testified under oath about the president’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden—among his top political rivals in the current U.S. presidential campaign.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Trump’s “continuing abuse of his power has left us no choice.”
“We stand here today because the president’s continuing abuse of his power has left us no choice,” said Schiff. “To do nothing would make ourselves complicit in the president’s abuse of his high office, the public trust, and our national security.”
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