House Democrats on Tuesday announced just two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, formally accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his Ukraine persuasion campaign.
In a press conference Tuesday, standing beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) stated Trump had violated his oath of office.
“Our president holds the ultimate public trust,” Nadler stated. “When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security.”
Trump has sought to obtain personal benefit using his public office, Nadler stated, referring to the demand Trump and others under his direction put on Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
“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,” Nadler stated.
Pelosi and Nadler were joined by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Finance Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA).
Read the formal articles of impeachment here or below.
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