Impeachment: Democrats formally indict Trump
Democrats in the House of Representatives put forward two articles of accusation to President Trump, deploying the most powerful tool that Congress has under the Constitution for the fourth time in US history.
“The articles include accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,” said House Justice Committee chairman Jerry Nadler in a statement on Capitol Hill. CBS News.
“Today, in fulfillment of its duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Judiciary Committee is submitting two articles of impeachment accusing United States President Donald Trump of serious crimes and misconduct,” said the chairman, speaking with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other committee chairs.
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Timeline of December 10 Events
As it became known at 6:00 am local time on Tuesday, December 10, the chairmen of five committees of the House of Representatives scheduled an announcement of the "next steps" in the impeachment investigation at 9:00 at the Capitol. Chaired by Jerry Nadler of the House of Representatives for Judicial Affairs; Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee; Eliot Engel, Department of Foreign Affairs; Maxine Waters of Financial Services; and Carolyn Maloney of Congressional Oversight.
Trump calls impeachment “political insanity”
In 8: 05 in the morning of local time, when Democrats of the House of Representatives were preparing to reveal two articles about impeachment against US President Donald Trump, he again defended himself from the charges and called their efforts "political insanity."
“Bringing to justice a president who has proven by his results, including creating what is arguably the strongest economy in the history of our country, has one of the most successful presidential terms in history, and most importantly, he did NOTHING wrong, is pure political madness! " - wrote Trump on Twitter.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham joined the president.
“Hardworking Americans know that this deception, the Democrats are turning impeachment into a weapon to try to undermine @realDonaldTrump, which has done nothing but kept promises and is fighting for our country. Their behavior is shameful, but this will only serve to further unite our party, ”she wrote.
Nadler announces 2 impeachment articles: abuse of power and obstruction to Congress
In 9: 12 local time after Pelosi made a short introduction, she allowed Nadler to declare specific articles about impeachment.
Nadler said the president is trusted by the public, but has placed himself above the Constitution. Article developers provided a clear remedy for such a violation, he said.
Nadler then presented two specific articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Schiff says Democrats can't wait for courts or 2020 elections of the year
In 9: 19 local time, House spokesperson Adam Schiff, who led the investigation into the president’s alleged behavior, argued that Democrats do not have time to wait in court to decide whether senior presidential officials are forced to agree to subpoenas because it can take months.
He also argued that waiting until next year's elections is not an option.
“It looks like the president’s oath means little to him, but the accusations made today will give us a chance to show that we will defend the Constitution and that our oath means something to us,” Schiff said.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA): "The argument 'Why don't you just wait?' amounts to this: Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help just one more time? " pic.twitter.com/r2hByXBNli
- CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 10, 2019
Democrats claim Trump abused his power by trying to use the White House meeting and nearly 400 million dollars in military assistance to Ukraine to force President Vladimir Zelensky to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election of the year.
They also criticized the Trump administration for blocking all subpoenas and documents related to the executive’s investigation, arguing that the president was trying to obstruct Congressional legal oversight.
Trump campaign answers charges
In 9: 24 Tuesday morning local time, Trump campaign manager Brad Parskal emphasized Pelosi’s indecision to move forward with impeachment until recently.
“For months, Nancy Pelosi said she would not move forward with impeachment because it was too controversial and needed bipartisan support,” Parscal said. - Well, this is debatable, and only the Democrats insist on it, but she continues anyway. Americans disagree with this, but Democrats are unfolding this political theater because they don't have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it. "
Recall that now the Senate is also under the control of the Republicans, which is likely to save Donald Trump from impeachment.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- US House Congressional Intelligence Committee December 3 published a report in the case of a possible impeachment of US President Donald trump. It collects information regarding Trump's actions in Ukraine, which led to an investigation initiated by the Democratic Party. The draft report was written as a result of a joint investigation conducted over the past three months by intelligence, surveillance, and reform and foreign affairs committees.
- Over the centuries-old history of the country, not a single US president has been removed from office by impeachment. Although the real threat of impeachment still forced one president to voluntarily resign. And this case concerned the confrontation between electoral candidates in the USA. Another president, whom they tried to impeach, bought Alaska from Russia. Read about the American impeachment story in our material.
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