Democrats Reveal Articles of Impeachment against Trump
The US House Judiciary committee is expected to vote on the articles this week and the full House next week
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After two months of investigations and hearings, the US House Judiciary Committee has decided to move forward with two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The articles are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This was reported by the New York Times.
The abuse of power article is related to the July 25, 2019 phone call that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Zelensky asked for greater assistance to help fight against Russian controlled forces in eastern Ukraine.
Trump replied with “I would like you to do us a favor, though,” a phrase which seems to imply a demand for a quid quo pro. His request was for Ukraine to open investigations into his potential 2020 presidential election rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
In addition, unknown to Congress at the time, Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine at the time of the phone call.
The obstruction of Congress charge stems from multiple instances where the administration refused to allow witnesses to testify, even though who had received a Congressional subpoena. This hindered the committees abilities to properly and fully investigate Trump.
The House Judiciary Committee will release the full text of the articles in the afternoon, Washington, DC time, on December 10, 2019. The Committee will allow for the consideration of amendments to articles and a vote by the committee is expected on December 12, 2019.
If the articles pass the committee, as expected, they will be sent to the full House for a vote next week. If they pass there as well, the Senate trial, which will determine if Trump is removed from office, will likely be scheduled during the first two months of 2020.
In US history, only two presidents have been successfully impeached, but neither was removed from office. Andrew Johnson had 11 articles of impeachment against him but remained in office when the Senate voted against removal. Bill Clinton was also impeached but, again, the Senate did not vote to remove.
Richard Nixon had three articles of impeachment drawn up but they were not voted on by the full House as he chose to resign instead of face expected removal.
It takes ⅔ of the Senate to vote for removal, currently 67 Senators in total.