Pelosi Instructs House Panel to Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses the status of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

 U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

“The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and (a) crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” Pelosi said in a televised statement.

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our Founders and our hearts full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she added, referring to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

Pelosi made the remarks a day after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which three constitutional law experts called by Democratic lawmakers said Trump had engaged in conduct that represents impeachable offenses under the Constitution. A fourth expert called by Republican lawmakers called the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry rushed and flawed.

The House Intelligence Committee this week submitted findings from its inquiry into Trump’s push for Kiev to launch an investigation related to former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Trump also wanted Ukraine to look into the discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

Democrats have accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $391 million in security aid to Ukraine – a U.S. ally facing Russian aggression – to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to announce the investigation.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the impeachment investigation a hoax.

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James
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This will be the first time in the history of the United States that a President will be impeached with NO evidence. There was ONE fact witness – Ambassador Gordon Sondland who was the ONLY credible witness. The rest of the “witnesses” were paid OPINION guests of Schiff. But, the DemocRAT’s HATE machinery has to follow through now on their threat in 2016 to impeach Trump BEFORE he was sworn into Office in January 2017; AND, the Washington Post headline that the impeachment of Trump has begun NINETEEN MINUTES after he was sworn into Office. **** IF Quid Pro Quo… Read more »

Craig
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” The facts are uncontested ” ? Really, uncontested? then maybe she should move for a summary judgment when the matter goes to the Senate. If she doesn’t know the definition of uncontested based upon the opposition to these ” facts “, then the Senate will teach her. After all Turley, taught the Democrats yesterday that facts do not include totem pole hearsay, presumptions, suppositions, inferences, opinion and speculation. My only fault with Trump is that he did not demand an investigation of the Bidens by the President Zelensky. The 1997 agreement between the United States and Ukraine impliedly conditions… Read more »

william jackson
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Putrid Pelosi: Be careful what you ask for.

Cherl
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How many times does it need to be said? NO aid was withheld. President Zelensky said it. So what was the quid pro quo or the new word….bribery that President Trump received in return?
Old Nancy’s faked humility was puke-worthy. She should have listened to her first instinct instead of letting short Schiff and looney Nadler coerce her into this ridiculous speech.

SaltyDog
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She’s judging this non-politician by her own behavior.

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