WASHINGTON — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, declaring he “betrayed the nation” with his actions toward Ukraine as they pushed toward historic proceedings that are certain to help define his presidency and shape the 2020 election.

The specific charges aimed at removing the 45th president of the U.S.: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of impeachment inquiry committees at the U.S. Capitol, said they were upholding their solemn oath to defend the Constitution. Trump responded angrily on Twitter: “WITCH HUNT!”

Voting is expected in a matter of days by the Judiciary Committee, which begins deliberations Wednesday, and by Christmas in the full House. The charges, if approved, would then 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 articles announced Tuesday, the Democrats said Trump enlisted a foreign power in “corrupting” the U.S. election process and endangered national security by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden, while withholding U.S. military aid as leverage. That benefited Russia over the U.S. as America’s ally fought Russian aggression, the Democrats said.

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, ” the nine-page impeachment resolution says.

“If we did not hold him accountable, he would continue to undermine our election,” Pelosi said later at a forum sponsored by Politico. “Nothing less is at stake than the central point of our democracy — a free and fair election.’’

Trump tweeted that to impeach a president “who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness.”

He later headed to Pennsylvania for a reelection campaign rally, where he called the effort “impeachment lite” and promised it would lead to his re-election in 2020.

The outcome appears increasingly set as the House presses ahead toward impeachment as it has only three times in history against U.S. presidents, a test of the nation’s system of checks and balances.

Democrats said they had a duty to act in what is now a strictly partisan undertaking, as Republicans stand with the president, because Trump has shown a pattern of behavior that, if left unchecked, poses risks to the democratic process.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., 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 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.”

Trump’s allies immediately plunged into the fight that will extend into the new year. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Democrats are trying to “overthrow’’ the administration. Campaign manager Brad Parscale said Democrats “don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it.” The president’s son, Eric, embraced his father’s penchant for name calling, assailing Pelosi and “her swamp creatures.”

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

In drafting the charges against the president, Pelosi faced a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution’s bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Some liberal lawmakers wanted more expansive charges encompassing the findings from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Centrist Democrats preferred to keep the impeachment articles more focused on Trump’s actions toward Ukraine as a clearer case.

The final resolution, slim in length yet broad in concept, attempted to find common ground by linking the Ukraine inquiry to the Mueller probe in two separate lines.It said the abuse of power was consistent with Trump’s “previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections” while the obstruction charge was consistent with his efforts to undermine U.S. government ‘’investigations into foreign interference.”

Democratic leaders say Trump put his political interests above those of the nation when he asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July phone call to investigate his rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden, and then withheld $400 million in military aid as the U.S. ally faced an aggressive Russia. They say he then obstructed Congress by stonewalling the House investigation.

The articles say Trump “used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.”

The first article, on abuse of power, says Trump “corruptly” solicited Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

The second article, obstruction of Congress, says that Trump directed defiance of the House’s ability to conduct its legal oversight like no other president ”in the history of the republic.”

Trump insisted in a new tweet that when he asked Ukraine’s president “to do us a favor” with the investigations, “‘us’ is a reference to USA, not me!” Democrats, however, say Trump’s meaning could not have been clearer in seeking political dirt on Biden, his possible opponent in the 2020 election.

Republicans stand with the president even if they don’t fully address his actions. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said, the vote will be on impeachment not “whether a call is perfect.’’

While the impeachment is focused on the Ukraine matter, Trump’s actions toward Russia continue underlie the debate. On Tuesday Trump met at the White House with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister just back from Paris efforts to revive peace talks with Ukraine.

At the same time, a top adviser to the Ukraine president, Andriy Yermak, disputed key impeachment testimony from U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, telling Time magazine the two did not speak of the investigations Trump wanted during a Warsaw meeting.

The next steps are expected to come swiftly after months of investigation into the Ukraine matter and special counsel Mueller’s two-year Russia probe.

In his report, Mueller said he could not determine that Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election. But he said he could not exonerate Trump of obstructing justice and left it for Congress to determine.

Even as she pushed ahead with the impeachment proceeding, Pelosi announced an agreement with the White House on a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, a top priority for the president as well as many centrist Democrats. It, too, could get a vote next week.

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Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Alan Fram, Colleen Long, Laurie Kellman, Matthew Daly and Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

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(52) comments

olefool

Sitting here at 8:30 Wednesday evening watching the HOR proceedings it is crystal clear to me that republicans have nothing but their tired old talking points and lies while democrats are loading the record with facts and evidence. It's time for republicans to honor their oaths and get a backbone.

olefool

On October 28, 2010 Republicans uttered these words...... "Here’s John Boehner, the likely speaker if Republicans take the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

I guess what goes around....... just saying.

matts853

Great pulls. The hypocrisy is tangible.

LeonardKeepers

the people that should be impeached is the idiots in this picture in this article.President Trump has done nothing to warrant the abuse he has been given since taking office.the people shown in this picture are guilty of trying over throw the president of these United States.they are the ones that should be locked up and throw away the key.

Alice Jones

Boy, the drumpfers are soooooo sensitive.

olefool

Nobody wants to overthrow anybody. This is about criminal activity being perpetrated by the Russian Mole in the white House and his co-defendants. If you want to live under Russian rule move to Moscow. It's not complicated.

awteam2000

Leonardkeepers, just for clarification - Impeachment isn’t a criminal process but a political process for the removal of one from office. No one goes to jail.

But in Trump’s case,.. once he leaves office he is open to 18 criminal indictments, and counting. So Trump could later be tried in criminal court, found guilty and locked up. At his age it would be like “throwing away the keys 🔑 “.

Alice Jones

Some of the drumpfers will support that clown no matter what he does. And justify with nonsense to boot! Instead of blindly defending him why not open the mind and consider that he is a traitorous leech that never has put the interests of the country first. How anyone can defend that is beyond logic. Have a never dump in ‘20 day, comrades!

matts853

True all that!

jloo

Well, after three years, this is what the Democrats have? Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress? Article II says foreign policy is the sole perview of the Executive Branch. Last time I checked, the Executive is a co-equal branch of government, so, in a disagreement, the third branch will render a decision regarding any supoenas. Interestingly, President Obama defied nine..count em.. nine congressional subpoenas.

This reminds me of Bloomberg News that publicly stated it would not do any investigation of billionaire Michael Bloomberg or any democratic candidates running for president. But, will continue to investigate President Trump.

To Democrats, ladies and gentlemen, this is a the definition of "fairness".

newspostreader

Yes there was a total of 9 times, but in the end the Obama Administration complied. Some on their own, some through court order. If defying subpoenas was the only thing Trump has done, we wouldn't be here talking about his impeachment today.

Reader1954

so he is impeached. He will still get re-elected in 2020

richardlyons

Maybe maybe not. Time will tell.

awteam2000

It will be interesting to see if Trump’s throws out “he was justified in questioning the corruption in Ukraine for which Biden was Obama's point man” defense in the senate hearings? 🤔 There are folks out there ( the cult) gullible enough and intellectually challenged that will except that as an excuse.

User1

Maybe you’re unaware of the Ukrainian-US Anti-Corruption Treaty signed by President Clinton and approved by Congress? It states that it is the President’s DUTY to investigate corruption reguardless if it’s Private Citizen Biden that may be investigated. Reguardless of the fact that Biden admitted to “Quid Pro Quo” on tape by withholding $1 Billion unless the Ukrainian prosecutor, investigating his son’s company, was fired.

awteam2000

Again this is an impeachment process to remove Trump from office. The charges are ‘Abuse of Power’ and Obstruction of Congress’ for personal gain. The question is not whether others were bad, too. If others committed wrong doings, we have a Justice system to investigate. There is no need for the mightiest country in the world (The USA) have a foreign government open up investigates of US citizens on behalf of the US government. We simply don’t do that.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Yes we do and yes we have It all come down to "good faith" and "motive". That's why QPQ, bribery and treason are gone and its abuse of power and obstruction of congress two very weak articles of impeachment. And Democrats claim he is unfit for office however Democrats dance with him on a trade deal. They(Democrats) are so wishy-washy Maytag is going to name washer machines after them. And FYI "They" is Merriam-Webster word of the year.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/10/06/trump-ukraine-investigate-rival-229341

jsklinelga

aw

Once again it is somewhat senseless to indulge in the mud slinging and personal attacks that are so prevalent (Like did you take your meds) in this section but I am absolutely STUNNED by your comment. What in God;s green earth do you think this whole whatever is all about?

Obadiah Plainsmen

Looking at the faces of the individuals in the picture attached to this article I'm reminded of a quote by NYT photographer Richard Avedon

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”

awteam2000

Pontificating so early today?

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awteam2000

Sorry 😐. It was meant to be in jest to be taken light heartedly; didn’t mean to touch a nerve.

DickD

While the House holds Impeachment Trump holds another treasonous meeting with Russia. Even failing to support an ally, Ukraine.

To top off his treasonous activities, Trump held a Hate rally in Pennsylvania calling the FBI scum.

User1

And wasn’t that some rally? Gave me goose bumps. And I’m sorry but the President meets with all foreign heads of state. Would you prefer a “hall monitor”? Get over it Dicky, the Dimocrats have NOTHING. Obstruction of Congress? Really? Congress says to Trump “gimme all your documents”. Trumps says “no”. Congress says “that’s obstruction”. Trump says “we’ll let the courts decide as is my right”. Congress says “we can’t wait on the courts...obstruction of congress”. Really? Bring it on!

KR999

OK Dick, and just what is "treasonous" about his latest meeting with Russia? Please, tell us. Inquiring minds want to know.

timothygaydos

One word for liberals - hypocrisy! They want to totally overlook the obvious collusion and betrayal of the country with the Obama Administration spying on the opposition party candidate and not prosecuting the SOS for using an unclassified system to transmit classified data... and then destroying the evidence... now that is pure double standard of justice. Trump did not violate any aspect of the Constitution with his conversation with the Ukraine... it is all about 2020 and they cannot beat him in a fair election so they keep trying to get an edge and yet they did a deeper hole.... good bye house and losing seats in the senate...

richardlyons

Please explain why an unprecented number of Republican representative are departing if they are taking back the House come Nov 2020. Inquiring minds want to know.

User1

It’s called “retirement”.

matthewboh

Hey Tim! I got a bridge to sell you! It connects Brooklyn and Manhattan and Ill give it to you cheap.

olefool

A lot of scurrilous accusations on Obama Administration tim, How about you providing some verifiable, credible evidence instead of political talking points... The democrats have a plethora of evidence that Trump violated his oath of office, obstructed justice and tried to illegally extort and bribe a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election to benefit himself. But you say that a rigged election like the 2016 rigged election is "fair"??? Now you say that trying to rig the 2020 election is "fair" too??? All this proves that republicans cannot win elections fairly, never could and never will. Do any of my words make any sense to you???? Or are you just so overwhelmed by your ideology that you are willing to live under the reign of the Russian Empire and subject your neighbors to do the same... Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery?? I doubt there is one battle scarred soul laying there that agrees with your traitorous ideology. You don't have to switch to a liberal or a democrat or an independent but you can stop with the lies and false equivalencies.

gabrielshorn2013

Olefool, please describe, using references, how anyone is trying to get foreign governments to influence the 2020 election. As for 2016, what documented interferences, other than fake Facebook posts, wasn't it? Nobody broke into voting machines. Nobody changed any votes. No voter information was changed. What did they do? And you do realize that the USSR now Russia, China, N. Korea, Iran, and on and on have been trying to affect US elections for decades.

olefool

https://www.google.com/search?q=mueller+report+download&oq=mueller+report&aqs=chrome.3.69i59j0l7.9623j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://www.google.com/search?ei=51DxXe3SIszEsAWWr77ICA&q=intelligence+committee+report&oq=intelligencecometteereport&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i13.12352.80083..82410...0.2..0.147.1082.0j9......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i7i30.P8qKwHpsXgg

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/07/politics/house-judiciary-committee-impeachment-report-document/index.html

Those ought to give you all the evidence you need. If these are above your reading level I suggest you get an adult to help you.

matts853

OF, I’m glad you responded to Gabe with the facts, but the facts don’t matter to people who are convinced this is all to do about nothing. They are not objective, not rational, and can’t understand how this process is fundamental to checking presidential power in order for the constitution to remain relevant. They just don’t get it. Rather they just want to hate democrats. That’s all. And of course we know it’s all hypocritical because if you flipped the script and this was Obama or Hillary doing what Trump has done, they’d be scaling the White House fences with pitchforks and torches. I mean seriously, Clinton was impeached for lying about sex, and Nixon for a bumbled burglary. Trump on the other hand has realized one of the founders’ worst fears in that he’s solicited foreign interference in our domestic politics, and then tried to cover it up.

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olefool

Tsk, tsk, tsk..... Can you read user??? If so, I suggest you get copies of the Intelligence and judiciary reports. Trumps criminality is fairly set forth there. Did you know that Marco Rubio originally authorized and bought the dossier??? That Clinton's lawyers bought it from him and his associates??? Surprise, surprise, it was one of your own that dug up the dirt Trump was wallowing in, not Clinton. And the "inquiry" you mentioned, did I not see a dozen or so republicans ranting and raving during the hearings???

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olefool

False equivalencies.... The impeachment is about current white house occupant criminality and has nothing to do with Biden, jr or sr....

FCPS-Principal

I don't see how you can betray a country you've never been loyal to to begin with.

DickD

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BunnyLou

One word comes to mind, flimsy. I saw an article this morning sawing that they’ll impeach him again when re-elected. Hate has no limits with these folks. Pathetic lot.

jsklinelga

The comments will be typical. Half the country celebrating "supposedly" tarnishing an elected President and half the country disgusted at this '"far from honorable" political charade.

But we are starting to hear :the rumblings of something far more disturbing. The Senate is reluctant to have the Biden's testify.. Hopefully they will have grossly misread the American people. A phenomenon that led to a Trump presidency.

If the Senate fails to call the Biden's it is the swamp on full display. It is a survival move to protect it's own on full display. The perpetuation of the corruption and personal aggrandizement that America has grown to loathe.

You have to be absolutely politically blind, and jaded to think Biden knew nothing of his son's highly unethical activities. There are scores of documents proving else-wise. Or Kerry;s stepson and Biden's China dealings. Or the Clinton Foundation. Or that this is just the visible tip of the iceberg. And it is most assuredly the same on the Republican side of the aisle. We never have fully recovered from the debt incurred from the Banking crisis and the startling few prosecutions.

If the Senate fails to do its duty I hope President Trump tales a very vocal chain saw and tears this body to shreds.

awteam2000

You do understand Trump is being impeached for ‘abuse of power’ and obstruction of congress.? Regardless whether Biden’s conduct was questionable, that’s not relevant. Even elementary students understand blaming others of wrongs doesn’t excuse Trump’s wrongs.

But if the senate wants to turn it into a circus here’s some others folks they may want to question;

* Trump’s daughter works at the WH,

* Trump’s son in-law works at the WH,

* Rudy's son works at the WH (as Sports Liaison ⛹🏼‍♂️),

* Barr's son in-law works at the WH,

* Barr's daughter works in the Treasury,

* Trump’s sons engagement in questionable foreign business deals,

* and Trump’s daughter getting Chinese patents and Saudi grants.

But we all know Trump is unethical. Right? His track record is well documented. From Trump University, the Trump Foundation, payoffs of sexual affairs - to currently 18 potential indictments waiting for him once he leaves office. He won’t be able to get away with lying and blaming others for ever.

And JSK, you should have your doctor check your meds. You are showing signs of profound anomia and lack of comprehension.

jsklinelga

aw

Back and forth would be fruitless but I believe you might have missed the point. You are guilty of what you accuse. Blaming others. Biden's actions are the central part of this case. Was President Trump justified in questioning the corruption in Ukraine for which Biden was Obama's point man. And he appears to have acted in a suspicious and unethical manner which undercut our National Security in the region.

awteam2000

JSK do you believe the arguments you make - poorly informed or just twisting the truth - lying 🤥 ? Yes fruitless.

BunnyLou

obstruction of congress is a lame article at best, the remedy is to go through the courts. The house could have pursued this avenue, but choose not to. So, effectively not a valid article. Abuse of power in this case is predicated on the president asking Ukraine to investigate corruption linked to Burrisma in which Hunter and Joe are connected to.

matts853

Great points AW. And let’s not forget about the 6 Trump surrogates in jail right now. We can’t leave these good men behind.

DickD

You need to write a book, Jim. Tell us all about the Trump cult.

marinick1

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olefool

If the Senate fails to do it's duty and does not remove the Russian Mole from the White House. I think you'll know on which side of the aisle the culprits are sitting. However, you cannot blame the innocents, the people of the United States through their elected representatives, for the high crimes of the perpetrator, who by the way is personally responsible for his own dereliction's. Although this affair is rife with politics, it is, after all, merely an attempt to clean our White House of the criminality and malfeasance that infects it so plainly.

awteam2000

Trump does have that kind of effect on people “HATE”, just go to his rallies. They sure aren’t love fest chanting ”kum ba yah”.

matts853

All of Trump’s rallies are all about HIM. No substance as to policies or actually making America great, or what has actually MADE us great - because that’s not his intention. He just craves unlimited power and constant praise, and lives for persecuting anyone that challenges him. His rallies are pure propaganda and lies that some people just can’t get enough of because they finally have a president who speaks their language and spoon feeds them conspiracy theories and fuels their hate. It’s going to take a lot to heal the damage this guy has done to our nation.

matts853

User, so you’re saying the point of political rallies is for impressionable and gullible people to listen and cheer as lies and propaganda are pumped through the speakers? If so, you’re in the wrong Country pal.

richardlyons

Too funny Bunny! Always the joker!

olefool

Funny bunny, funny bunny, funny bunny.... Blindly following the Russian mole in the White House but "seeing" articles. Braille??

BunnyLou

Your moniker is absolutely accurate, enuf said!

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