Wednesday, December 11, 2019

House Democrats Announce Two Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

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First article addresses abuse of power, second relates to obstruction of Congress
The House Judiciary Committee will pursue two articles of impeachment against President Trump, a narrower approach than some Democrats had hoped, as the Republican-led Senate outlined plans for its trial early in the new year.
The first of the two articles accuses Mr. Trump of abuse of power by soliciting election interference from Ukraine and also conditioning U.S. aid to Kyiv and a White House meeting on those probes. Democrats also allege Mr. Trump obstructed Congress by preventing at least nine officials from testifying and by blocking records from across the federal government from being shared with lawmakers.
“We must be clear: no one, not even the president, is above the law,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) said Tuesday.
Mr. Trump dismissed the impeachment charges against him on Tuesday night, calling them “flimsy, pathetic, ridiculous.”
“There are no crimes. They’re impeaching me, and there are no crimes,” he said during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. “This has to be a first in history.”
Republicans have defended the president’s conduct and said Democrats are relying on secondhand information to pursue their case.
“There’s nothing that has actually come close to an impeachable offense,” said Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “Abuse of power is so amorphous,” he said, adding, “They’ve been telling the American people he’s committed a crime for three months and this is what we get?”
Read the rest from the WSJ HERE.

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