House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has finally requested articles of impeachment from the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, ending speculation that the House will proceed to a full impeachment vote in the coming weeks.
“Our democracy is what’s at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act,” Pelosi said Thursday morning. “Today, I’m asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment.”
Pelosi’s announcement means Trump will likely be impeached by the House. The third president to be impeached in U.S. history.
“The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid,” Pelosi stated. “The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution.”
The Democratic caucus doesn’t necessarily agree about how broad they should go with articles of impeachment. A few have suggested they should include an obstruction charge pointing back to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation – which cited that only Congress could indict U.S. president.
But many Democrats — including Pelosi — have stated that they want to keep the focus solely on Ukraine.
The House Intelligence Committee released a blistering, 300-page report, on Tuesday that documents how Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine to roll out probes against his political enemies – mainly the Bidens.
This included withholding much-needed military assistance in the country’s brutal war against Russia-backed separatists. More than a dozen witnesses have come forward to testify confirming President Trump’s actions.
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