Democrats to Spend Weekend Drafting Impeachment Charges Against Trump

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks at a news conference ahead of a vote on the Voting Rights Advancement Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will spend the weekend on Capitol Hill preparing for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump’s presidency.

The House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic lawmakers are due to meet on Saturday and Sunday behind closed doors to sift through evidence against the Republican president and draft formal charges, known as articles of impeachment, that the panel could recommend for a full House vote as early as Thursday.

On Friday, the White House told committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler it would not take part in the panel’s hearings and condemned the inquiry as “completely baseless.”

Nadler expressed disappointment in a statement: “The American people deserve answers from President Trump.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the committee to draw up the charges on Thursday after weeks of investigation into Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the president in the 2020 U.S. election.

Passage of formal charges in the Democratic-led House, now seen as all but certain, would lead to a trial in the Senate on whether to remove Trump from office. The Republicans who control the Senate have shown little sign of supporting Trump’s removal.

While Trump has refused to cooperate with the House probe, he has made clear his lawyers will mount a defense in a Senate trial, where he believes he will prevail.

The Judiciary Committee is focused on two possible articles of impeachment that would accuse the president of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for refusing to cooperate with investigating committees.

Democrats also need to settle the question of whether to draft a third article alleging obstruction of justice based on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“That’s something that we’ll decide this weekend,” Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell told reporters on Friday.

The probe has focused on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, and into a discredited theory promoted by Trump and his allies that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election.

Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption. They have denied wrongdoing and the allegations have not been substantiated.

Democrats also have accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $391 million in security aid to Ukraine – a vulnerable U.S. ally facing Russian aggression – and holding back a coveted White House meeting with Zelenskiy as leverage to pressure Kiev into investigating the Bidens.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday. Republicans have also called for a full day of proceedings to examine their own evidence, including a 110-page report saying the inquiry had found no evidence of an impeachable offense.

They have presented their own list of requested witnesses, including Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry. Nadler is considered unlikely to call them to testify.

Trump is the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment proceedings. None were removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned as he faced almost certain impeachment in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

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General Confusion
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“My efforts are not to drive anyone crazy.—Just the opposite.” Phyllis

It is not my intention to drive anyone here crazy, either, but it does seem to be a side effect that I have little control. Some IJR members really were crazy well before I started irritating them.

“My efforts are to restore logic and sanity.”

How’s that working out?

“I perceive America is worth fighting for so I have no intentions of stopping.” Phyllis

Me too, me neither. Wish us both luck.

James
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>Always Confused One< I didn't take the time to read your lengthy spewing of why intelligent Americans should throw common sense to the wind and vote for one of the LOSERS masquerading as a DemocRAT. I will say the American voter has but one choice for the United States to remain a FREE Nation under a Constitution; and that is to vote straight GOP in November 2020 and in the future. The former DemocRATic Party offers NOTHING new; no progress, no improving on that which Trump fixed from the abysmal Administration preceding his election in 2016; just more rehashing of… Read more »

Screwtape
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Imagine a realistic solution where the US partitions red vs. blue. It’s happened elsewhere AND there are states today which resulted from “partitioning”.

It would allow the Blue states to make and pay for their own programs. (BWAHAHA!). Those who supported their policies could choose to move there, instead of fleeing and infecting other states.

It would allow people a lot of choices.

A civil/cultural war need not be bloody, though I for one want atrocities. Lots of them.

Screwtape
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All weekend? Retards. How long does it take to say, “We’ve got nothing, our butts still hurt from 2016, and orange man bad. But our FEELINGS must be salved”?

There. Under one minute and it cost taxpayers NOTHING.

General Confusion
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“Can you NOT see how the members of the Jackass Party are helping to reelect POTUS Trump? Are you that blind; or just stupid?” Confused James You are quite right. If enough delegates pick someone like a Biden or a Buttigeig, the Democrats will likely lose to King Donald The Loser. Now I know you are an evidence-based guy, so I can hear you ask why. Why did His Majesty win in 2016? YOU will likely say that it was a vote against an equally disliked candidate. Sure, believe what you want. One of the other reasons was that candidate… Read more »

James
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>Phyllis Softa<

YOU want to restore logic and sanity? Obviously YOU belong to the WRONG political party. That is obvious with the last THREE YEARS of manufactured BS and harassment of Trump AND the Jackass Party trying to undo the 2016 election. You should have recognized by now the Jackass Party is the anti-God, anti-America and anti-sane Party of dimwits after 2016.

General Confusion
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“I think the Demonrats are about to get their asses handed to them on a Silver platter.” Michael D. Rininger

What if you are just confused and it doesn’t work out as you THINK it will?

What is your Plan B in case King Donald The Loser loses?

General Confusion
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“So apparently I take rejection of the logic-impaired and out of touch with reality folks as a positive.” Phyllis

Keep it up. It drives some of these guys crazy! He he he he!

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