House Democrats Propose to Impeach Trump for Abuse of Power, Obstructing Congress

The Daily Signal | 12/10/2019 | Staff
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After a two-month investigation, House Democrats announced Tuesday that they have drafted articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on broad charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The vague “abuse of power” charge follows comes after hours of hearings in which House Democrats used criminal terms such as “bribery” and “extortion” to describe Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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During the call, the two leaders talked about Trump’s interest in investigating Ukraine’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election as well as the Ukraine-related actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who had a lucrative position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Apparently unknown to Zelenskyy at the time, Trump had put a hold on $391 million of military aid to Ukraine that he would not release until September.

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At a morning press conference Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was flanked by the chairmen of six House committees that played some role in the impeachment investigation.

Joining Pelosi were House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Foreign Affairs Chairman Elliot Engel, D-N.Y.; Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.; and Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

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“He has given us no choice,” said Schiff, who has been Pelosi’s point man during most of the impeachment inquiry. “To do nothing would make ourselves complicit in the president’s abuse of his high office.”

Nadler accused Trump of betraying the public trust.

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“The first article is for abuse of power. It is an impeachable offense for the president to exercise the powers...
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