Democrats announce 2 articles of impeachment against Trump

David Caplan
December 09, 2019 - 10:01 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Democrats announced on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The articles focused on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The charges unveiled Tuesday stem from Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country.

"No one, not even the president, is above the law," said Rep Jerrold Nadler.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol for what she called a "solemn act.″ Voting is expected in a matter of days in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House. Trump insisted he did npthing wrong and his reelection campaign called it “rank partisnaship."

Pelosi, Nadler and other committee chairpersons met Monday night after the day's nine-hour hearing.

Democratic leaders say by asking Ukraine to investigate his rivals such as Joe Biden, then withholding $400 million in military aid.

They also said he then tried obstructed Congress by delaying the House investigation.

"He endangers our democracy; he endangers our national security," said Nadler, when announcing the charges. “Our next election is at risk. ... That is why we must act now."

Pelosi faced 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" when drafting the articles of impeachment. 

The House now prepares for voting, for the fourth time against a U.S. president.

Trump, who has declined to mount a defense in the actual House hearings, tweeted Tuesday just as the six Democratic House committee chairmen prepared to make their announcement.

“To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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