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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.

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“The articles include allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,” said Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Committee on Judicial Affairs, in a statement on Capitol Hill. CBS News.

"Today, in fulfilling its duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on Judicial Issues presents two articles on impeachment accusing the President of the United States Donald Trump of serious crimes and misconduct," said the chairman, speaking with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and other committee chairmen.

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Timeline of December 10 Events

As it became known in 6: 00 local time on Tuesday, December 10, the chairmen of the five committees of the House of Representatives outlined an announcement of "next steps" in the investigation of the impeachment in 9: 00 in the Capitol. Chairpersons - Jerry Nadler of the House of Representatives on Judicial Matters; Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee; Eliot Engel from the Department of Foreign Affairs; Maxine Waters of Financial Services; and Carolyn Maloney of Congressional Supervision.

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."

“To bring to justice the president, who proved by his results, including the creation of perhaps the most powerful economy in the history of our country, has one of the most successful presidential terms in history, and, most importantly, did NOTHING wrong, is clean political insanity! ”Trump tweeted.

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White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham joined the president.

“Hardworking Americans know that this deception, the Democrats turn impeachment into a weapon to try to undermine @realDonaldTrump, who did nothing but fulfill his promises and is fighting for our country. Their behavior is shameful, but it will only serve to further unite our party, ”she wrote.

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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 introduced two specific articles - abuse of power and obstruction to 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 election is not an option.

“It seems that the oath of the president 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.

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.

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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 several months, Nancy Pelosi said she would not move forward with impeachment because he was too controversial and needed bipartisan support,” Parscal said. - Well, this is debatable, and only the Democrats insist on it, but she continues anyway. The Americans do not agree with this, but the Democrats are deploying this political theater because they do not have a viable candidate for the 2020 year and they know this. ”

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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