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U.S. House speaker, committee chairs announce articles of impeachment of Trump

By on December 10, 2019

SAN JUAN — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney to announce articles of impeachment of President Trump. 

Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee introduced two articles of impeachment against the president for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. The articles can be found here

“The President abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help his re-election campaign. For members of Congress this is not a question of fact, because the facts are not seriously contested. It is rather a question of duty. The President’s oath of office appears to mean little to him. But the articles put forward today will give us a chance to show that we will defend the constitution, and that our oath means something to us,” Schiff is quoted as saying in a release issued by the Judiciary Committee.

“The facts are uncontested that the President abused his office and threatened our national security to cheat in the 2020 election—then he obstructed Congress’s exercise of its constitutional impeachment powers. It’s regrettable that the President’s own actions have brought us to this point, and I strongly support Chairman Nadler and my Judiciary Committee colleagues as we take these next solemn steps,” Engel said.

“We are fulfilling our constitutional duty to hold the president accountable for abusing public office and misusing public funds for his personal, political gain,” Maloney added.

In his closing statement for the impeachment presentation of evidence hearing, Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the following:

“Mr. Chairman, here are the facts. They’re pretty simple.

“We continue to help Ukraine. In fact, as has famously been pointed out, the Obama Administration gave the Ukrainians blankets, and the Trump Administration gave them Javelin missiles.

“The Democrats impeaching the president for asking other countries to chip in is not like Bill Clinton perjuring himself, and it’s not like Nixon organizing a cover-up of the Watergate break-in.

“The president was doing his job. The Democrats don’t like that he’s doing it well because that means he’ll win in 2020. So, they want to cheat and throw him out. They want to not only impeach the president; they want to impeach every American who voted for him.

“This impeachment is a joke, and Americans know it. There has been no crime, there has been nothing improper. This is a smokescreen for the documented misconduct against this president.

“See you in 2020.”

Below are Nadler’s remarks announcing the introduction of articles of impeachment:

“Over the last several months, the investigative committees of the House have been engaged in an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 elections—efforts that compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections.  Throughout this inquiry, he has attempted to conceal the evidence from Congress and the American people.

“Our President holds the ultimate public trust.  When he betrays that trust, and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security.  The Framers prescribed a clear remedy for Presidents who violate their Oath of Office.  That is the power of impeachment.  

“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment charging the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high Crimes and Misdemeanors.  

“The first article is for Abuse of Power.  It is an impeachable offense for the President to exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit, while ignoring or injuring the national interest.  

“That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Presidential Election—thus damaging our national security, undermining the integrity of the next election, and violating his oath to the American people.  These actions, moreover, were consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in our 2016 Presidential election. 

“And when he was caught—when the House investigated and opened an impeachment inquiry—President Trump engaged in unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of the impeachment inquiry.  

“This gives rise to the second article of impeachment for Obstruction of Congress.  Here, too, we see a familiar pattern in President Trump’s misconduct.  A President who declares himself above accountability, above the American people, and above Congress’s power of impeachment—which is meant to protect against threats to our democratic institutions—is a President who sees himself as above the law. 

“We must be clear: no one, not even the President, is above the law.

“I want to recognize the great contributions of the investigative chairs, particularly Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s former Chairman, the late Elijah Cummings, and its new Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, who helped lay the foundation for the articles we are introducing today.  I also want to thank my Judiciary Committee colleagues, who were critical in our work to hold the President accountable and in the drafting of these articles.

“Later this week, the Judiciary Committee will meet to consider these articles of impeachment, and to make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives.  We do not take this action lightly.  But we have taken an oath to defend the Constitution and—unlike President Trump—we understand that our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the Constitution and the interests of the American people.  That is why we must take this solemn step today.

“Elections are the cornerstone of democracy and are foundational to the rule of law.  But the integrity of our next election is at risk from a President who has already sought foreign interference in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and who consistently puts himself above country.  That is why we must act now.”

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