We’re in a critical point in the impeachment inquiry into #DonaldTrump, as the articles of impeachment have just been revealed.
The House Democrats just unveiled two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. As Baller Alert previously reported, the impeachment inquiry stems back to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine in which he bribed the country to look into political candidate #JoeBiden in exchange for military aid.
The inquiry was somewhat of a fast-moving process that included several hearings, depositions, and subpoenas of present and former top administration officials, as well as some of Trump’s tweets, according to CNN. But now, as the inquiry comes to what might be an end, the House Democrats are laying down the line with their articles of impeachment. On Tuesday, the House announced two articles of impeachment over what House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler described as “high crimes and misdemeanors”: abuse of power and obstructing Congress.
The first article alleges that Trump “corruptly solicited the government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations” into the Biden and a conspiracy theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Trump also “conditioned two official acts on the public announcements that he requested,” Democrats wrote, citing nearly $400 million in military aid and an official White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” the articles read. “President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”
The second article focused on obstructing Congress. It states that Trump’s conduct violated his oath of office and the Constitution and that through that alleged obstruction, the president “sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine the propriety, scope, and nature of an impeachment inquiry into his own conduct, as well as the unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the” House. Nadler said that Trump exercised “the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit” and engaged in “indiscriminate defiance of the impeachment inquiry.”
CNN reports that a vote on whether to impeach Trump could be on its way. This would mean that a full House vote to impeach Trump could happen as soon as next week.