On Tuesday, House Democrats released two proposed articles of impeachment, charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The first article charges President Trump with abuse of power, specifically pressuring the Ukrainian President to assist in Trump’s re-election campaign by investigating his Democratic rivals in exchange for 1) the delivery of $391 million in security aid and 2) a formal meeting between President Trump and the President of Ukraine. Democrats are calling it a “quid pro quo” that puts our national security at risk. President Trump, responding to the proposed articles of impeachment, tweeted:
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!President Trump
The second article charges the President with obstruction of Congress, regarding blocking testimonies and withholding documents during the House’s recent impeachment inquiry. In the article, Democrats charge: “In the history of the Republic, no President has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.”
An earlier draft of the document contained an article charging President Trump with obstruction of justice related to impeding Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into campaign interference with Russia in 2016. The article was removed, in part to satisfy many moderate Democrats reluctant to impeach over the Russia scandal.
The House Judiciary Committee is currently debating the charges. By the end of the week they’ll vote to pass the articles along to the House for official approval.