Democrats Level Two Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The charges unveiled on Tuesday, 10 December, stem from Trump's pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol in what she called a “solemn act.''
"He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, the Judiciary chairman announcing the charges before a portrait of George Washington.
Trump tweeted ahead of the announcement that impeaching a president with a record like his would be “sheer Political Madness!”
In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution's bar of "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Some liberal lawmakers wanted more expansive charges encompassing the findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Centrist Democrats preferred to keep the impeachment articles more focused on Trump's actions toward Ukraine. House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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