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The House of Representatives opens two articles of impeachment
December 14, 2019
This past Tuesday, in a milestone development in the impeachment proceedings, House Democrats have revealed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this.
According to CNN, he is being charged with obstruction of justice and abuse of power. This announcement shows an accelerating investigation into the President’s conversations and dealings with Ukraine.
After being introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, the six investigation-leading House Democrat chairs unveiled the impeachment articles with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States Donald J. Trump with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nadler said.
The charge claims that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to analyze his 2020 political rivals while withholding a White House meeting and $400 million in US security from Kiev. Democrats also cite Trump’s widespread blockade of subpoenas and testimonies related to his impeachment as an obstruction of justice.
This revealment sets forth an impeachment vote on the floor of the House of Representatives next week, following the debates in the House Judiciary Committee that will begin on December 12.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff noted the evidence against Trump as “overwhelming and uncontested,” and claimed that the Democrats look forward to the judicial branch’s ruling on the witnesses and legal documents the Trump administration is blocking on the basis of executive privilege.
The White House responded to the introduction of the impeachment articles and contested the basis of them.
“The announcement of two baseless articles of impeachment does not hurt the President, it hurts the American people, who expect their elected officials to work on their behalf to strengthen our nation,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong.”