The US House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Friday, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In total, 23 members— all Democrats— voted in favor, and 17 members— all Republicans— voted against.
The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee delivered its final report on Tuesday seeking the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He is accused of abusing his position as the US president by requesting foreign interference in the nation’s presidential election scheduled for next year.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in Rome that he participated in the telephone conversation between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on July 25. Pompeo was asked about this call, which is the origin of an impeachment inquiry against Trump by the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives. “I was on the phone call,” he said.
Three committees in the US House of Representatives subpoenaed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for all Ukraine-related documents within one week as part of the investigation against President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform Committees sent a jointly signed letter to Pompeo with their requests.
The Democratic Party, which holds a majority in the US House of Representatives, has begun official impeachment investigations into President Trump, suggesting that he has asked Ukraine for political help. Speaking Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact [sic.] of the president’s betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections.”
In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.
Last Week, President Petro Poroshenko left Ukraine with his family. Interestingly enough, he refused government protection services during his travel. A former president is eligible for such protection and it is very uncommon to refuse it. In the US, the Secret Service is the one responsible for protecting the nation’s leaders, former leaders and their families. Poroshenko’s refusal could be an indication of his planned defection. He would be the second president to leave Ukraine. Former elected president Viktor Yanukovich went into exile in Russia in the midst of the “Orange Revolution” which started in 2004.