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World Trump slams 'flimsy, pathetic, ridiculous articles of impeachment'

09:00  11 december  2019
09:00  11 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump Impeachment Report Released by House Panel

  Trump Impeachment Report Released by House Panel The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump, laying out the conclusions of its inquiry into allegations that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election and then impeded attempts by Congress to investigate. The report is based on two months of public and private testimony from diplomats and other administration officials who described a campaign by the president and his allies to get Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, declaring that he “abused the powers of the Presidency” and sought to cover up his misdeeds by obstructing a congressional investigation into his dealings with Ukraine.

HERSHEY, Pa. — President Trump told supporters on Tuesday at a rally in Pennsylvania that they were “lucky I became your president” before entering into a screed against House Democrats for introducing articles of impeachment against him

President Donald Trump bashed the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday just hours after House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment, calling them "flimsy, pathetic, ridiculous articles of impeachment."

a man wearing a suit and tie: Image: Donald Trump© Patrick Semansky Image: Donald Trump "They are now admitting that there was no collusion, no obstruction of justice, there are no crimes," Trump told a crowd of thousands of supporters at the Giant Center. "They are impeaching me and there are no crimes, this has to be a first."

The two articles of impeachment announced on Tuesday charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote to pass the articles before leaving for the holiday recess, which would make Trump the third president in American history to be impeached.

What are US articles of impeachment, and what happens next?

  What are US articles of impeachment, and what happens next? House Speaker Pelosi says she has instructed the House Judiciary panel to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.The announcement came after weeks of public hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, a 300-page report and divisive rhetoric highlighting the political divide that has come to define the impeachment process.

President Donald Trump unloaded on House Democrats on Twitter shortly after articles of impeachment were announced against him. Later, Trump tweeted: "Nadler just said that I 'pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.' Ridiculous , and he knows that is not true.

Trump -- who will be only the third US president to be impeached if the full House of Representatives backs the charges -- also renewed his familiar claim Grisham also called the impeachment articles a "partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of

"People are saying 'there's not even a crime, what happened?'" Trump said. "This is the lightest, weakest impeachment."

Less than an hour after Democrats unveiled the articles of impeachment Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that the party was ready to move forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an updated version of the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

For months, Trump has criticized Pelosi and Democrats, saying they had allowed their interest in impeachment to distract from important legislative issues such as passing the updated trade deal.

"I am thrilled to report that we are on the verge of ending the NAFTA catastrophe once and for all," Trump said here Tuesday night, arguing that the timing of Pelosi's announcement was not a coincidence.

Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems

  Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems President Trump on Sunday took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over her response to a reporter who asked why bribery wasn’t included in the newly unveiled articles of impeachment, despite Democrats – including the Speaker herself – having repeatedly leveled those charges against the president throughout impeachment proceedings. “You yourself accused [Trump] of bribery,” the reporter asked.

Calling the articles of impeachment “ flimsy , pathetic , ridiculous ,” Trump dismissed the inquiry against him as the “ impeachment crap,” and said that any Democrat who votes for it would be sacrificing not just their House majority but their dignity.

The articles of impeachment are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment proceedings hinge on allegations that Trump abused his power as president by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.

"It [the USMCA announcement] plays down the impeachment because they are embarrassed about impeachment. And our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment," Trump said, calling the USMCA deal the "silver lining" of the "witch hunt."

Trump also addressed the long-awaited report by the Justice Department Inspector General released on Monday that said the decision to launch an FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election was justified, though the bureau mishandled parts of its application to monitor a Trump campaign aide as part of the probe.

The overall finding did not alter the president's usual tone on the investigation, which he painted as as politically biased plot against him as he said the report detailed "abuses of power" by "anti-Trump" individuals, saying it included evidence that the lives of "great people" were "destroyed by scum."

Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems

  Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems President Trump on Sunday took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over her response to a reporter who asked why bribery wasn’t included in the newly unveiled articles of impeachment, despite Democrats – including the Speaker herself – having repeatedly leveled those charges against the president throughout impeachment proceedings. “You yourself accused [Trump] of bribery,” the reporter asked.

The articles focus on abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The president called impeachment “Political Madness.” Impeachment live updates: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump ; White House predicts ‘full exoneration’ in GOP-led Senate.

President Trump gave an at times campaign-style speech during a shale conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The president slammed Democrats over the

Trump also mocked former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, frequent targets of the president's, baselessly claiming that Page filed a restraining order against Strzok.

"Did I hear they needed a restraining order after this whole thing to keep him away from Lisa?," Trump said, adding "I don't know if it's true."

Earlier Tuesday, Page announced that she was suing the Justice Department and FBI for allegedly illegally leaking her personal messages with Strzok in violation of her privacy and making her a public target of the president's.

Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point, or 44,292 votes. The state will be critical to his re-election in 2020, but recreating his 2016 success will not be easy. Recent Pennsylvania polls of registered voters in the state suggest Trump is trailing leading 2020 Democratic candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Trump's campaign and his allies have insisted that impeachment will not jeopardize his re-election chances, but help solidify his base and motivate them to turn out.

'It's really sick:' Nancy Pelosi responds to Trump's wildly inaccurate letter on the eve of his likely impeachment

  'It's really sick:' Nancy Pelosi responds to Trump's wildly inaccurate letter on the eve of his likely impeachment Pelosi told reporters on Tuesday night that she hadn't "fully read" the letter but that it was "ridiculous."The House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment last week, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine. The House will vote on the articles, if approved the process moves to the Senate for trial.

US President Donald Trump is facing two articles of impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. If Trump is impeached he will face a trial in the Senate, where Republicans currently hold 53 seats to the Democrats' 47.

The articles represent the culmination of months of investigation in the House into Trump 's dealings with Ukraine. The probe, with which the Trump administration refused to cooperate in The president has also been highly critical of the impeachment process, repeatedly accusing Democrats of treating

Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said that Trump's supporters in the state agree with his take on the impeachment process, and that Trump's job will be to get them excited to show up to vote for him again.

"Trump's hope is to generate more enthusiasm among his core supporters. I think they will hang in with him, as they have nationally. It's not about holding their support, but about generating excitement and enthusiasm," Madonna said in an email to NBC News.

For some of Trump's supporters here Tuesday night, the impeachment inquiry was doing the trick.

"The Democratic Party, in my opinion, is anti-American. I'm sorry, but it is true when all they want to do is impeach him," said Kevin Andrews, a retired health care worker from the area.

"I think the Democrats need to do their job and leave him alone," said Patricia Wolfe of Pennsylvania. "The way they don't respect the president is unpatriotic."

Pelosi stands by delay in sending impeachment articles to Senate, calls McConnell a ‘rogue leader’ .
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to hold off on sending impeachment articles to the Senate, calling Mitch McConnell a "rogue leader" in an unusual press conference where she repeatedly tried to shut down questions about the impeachment process. Pelosi spoke to reporters after Democrats passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump in a Wednesday evening vote. She indicated the House would eventually send the articles over to the upper chamber, but insisted it is up to the Senate to determine how the process develops going forward.

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