- The two charges announced on Tuesday are the first in the report that will be voted in the House.
- The White House is expected to hold a press conference on the inquiry later this Tuesday.
- If impeachment is approved in the House, the text goes to the Senate, where Trump holds a majority.
Democratic Party leaders in Congress released the first formal articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Trump will be charged with obstruction of Congress, for trying to prevent investigations, and abuse of power, for putting his personal interest in the 2020 elections above the national interest and national security.
“Today in service to our duty to the constitution and to our country the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States, Donald J Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The two charges announced on Tuesday are the first in the report that will be voted in plenary. The rest of the charges will be revealed publicly in the coming weeks.
Following the announcement of the first two charges, Democrats also announced their support for the USMCA, US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, with Trump taking to Twitter to congratulate the Democratic Party’s decision on the idea. “Nadler just said that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.’ Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE.’ Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!”
The White House is expected to hold a press conference on the inquiry later this Tuesday. The case revolves around a late-July conversation between the US president and his Ukrainian counterpart, President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump allegedly pressured Zelensky to open an investigation against the leading Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, as well as his son, Hunter Biden. The American president reportedly froze a $400 million military aid package to Ukraine, and denied Zelensky’s visit to the White House in order to force him to begin the investigation.
The Judiciary committee is hence expected to draft the remaining charges in the coming days to recommend next week to members of congress to vote on the final report before Christmas. If impeachment is approved in the House, the text goes to the Senate, where the president holds the majority, and he would most likely be acquitted. The trial by senators is expected to take place in the early weeks of January 2020.
Trump denies the accusations and says he is merely being subjected to “witch hunt.” However, testimonies gathered from a section of White House officials, as well as State Department diplomats, point to the possibility of there having been a campaign designed by the president, and his personal lawyer and former New York mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. Trump would potentially make political gains if Ukraine came out publicly to state that it was investigating the Bidens for corruption, even if an investigation was not to be opened.