House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment on Tuesday, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in relation to his handling of Ukraine. The move follows recent impeachment hearings conducted by the House Judiciary Committee. “We must be clear: No one, not even the president, is above the law,” stated Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
An alleged withholding of the aid to Ukraine by the White House violated “the oath to faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States,” according to the first article of impeachment, abuse of power. The Democrats also charged Trump with obstructing Congress, stating that he tried to conceal the evidence from Congress and the public, as the White House refused to cooperate in the probe. The text of the resolution maintained that Trump “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”
The House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) also made a statement, pointing out that the evidence against President Trump was “overwhelming and uncontested.” The Democratic leaders outlined impeachment plans, leaving without taking questions, according to Fox News.
This announcement drew a harsh response from the White House and GOP. Trump slammed the Democrats, telling a crowd of his supporters at a rally in Hershey, Pa., that “this is the lightest impeachment in the history of the country by far.” He proceeded to call the articles of impeachment “flimsy,” “pathetic” and “ridiculous.” Vice President Pence in a similar manner called the move “a disgrace.” “Other countries admire us because we believe in the rule of law, we believe in due process. But not in Nancy Pelosi’s House when she became speaker,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) during a GOP press conference.
House Democrats investigation focuses only on events related to an alleged Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. The probe doesn’t include previously claimed obstruction of justice in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The House Judiciary Committee plans to send the articles of impeachment for a final vote after voting on them later this week.