Donald Trump impeachment charges announced


Impeachment charges to try and remove the 45th president of the US, Donald Trump have been formally announced by the Opposition party, the Democrats.

The Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – declaring his actions toward Ukraine “betrayed the nation”, AP News reported.

Jerrold Nadler, the Judiciary chairman, said the president “holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution; he endangers our democracy; he endangers our national security”.

“No one, not even the president, is above the law,” he said, announcing the charges before a portrait of the first president of the US, George Washington.

Chairman Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee said, “We stand here today because the president’s abuse of power leaves us with no choice”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of impeachment inquiry committees at the US Capitol, said they were upholding their solemn oath to defend the Constitution. Trump’s response was predictable.

The Democrats’ decision to continue with the impeachment of the US President will dominate the run-in to the 2020 Presidential Election and leave a stain on Trump’s presidency.

The impeachment charges will be put to the Democrats-controlled House of Representatives by Christmas . The charges, if approved, would be sent to the Senate, where the Republican majority would be unlikely to convict Trump, but not without a potentially bitter trial just as voters in Iowa and other early presidential primary states begin making their choices.

In the formal charges, the Democrats said Trump enlisted a foreign power in “corrupting” the US election process and endangered national security by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden, while withholding US military aid as leverage. That benefited Russia over the US as the US’ ally fought Russian aggression, the Democrats allege.

Trump then obstructed Congress by ordering current and former officials to defy House subpoenas for testimony and by blocking access to documents, the charges say.

By his conduct, Trump “demonstrated he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office”.

“If we did not hold him accountable, he would continue to undermine our election,” Pelosi said at a forum after the impeachment charges were announced. “Nothing less is at stake than the central point of our democracy – a free and fair election.’’

Major opinion writers are vocal in their support for impeachment or their support for Trump, dismissing the charges.

“In Trump’s screwball world, the president declares impeachment proceedings a witch hunt and Republicans on Capitol Hill take up the chant. Similarly, when he wrongly predicts that the inspector general of the Department of Justice will prove him right about Russia, the attorney general will agree that that is just what occurred, even though it’s not true.”

“Led by a man who has practiced a funhouse mirror version of politics to great success, Washington Republicans seem to have abandoned any semblance of honesty and respect for the facts. Words have lost their meaning and values have been abandoned. The next election is all that matters, and winning, they seem to have decided, requires doing things the Trump Way,” wrote Michael D’Antonio, the author of the book Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, on CNN.

On Fox News, Rand Paul is 100% opposite to D’Antonio.

The outcome of the Democrats’ impeachment case, though, appears set as the House presses ahead toward impeachment as it has only three times in history against US presidents, an ultimate test of the nation’s system of checks and balances.

Democrats said they had no choice but to act in what is a strictly partisan undertaking, as Republicans who control the Senate stand with the president.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Democrats are trying to “overthrow″ the administration. Republicans’ campaign manager Brad Parscale said Democrats “don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it”.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would be “totally surprised″ if there were 67 votes in the chamber to convict Trump, and signalled options for a swift trial. He said no decision had been made whether to call witnesses.

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