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Politics The 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump explained — and what happens next

18:35  10 december  2019
18:35  10 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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House Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump . The articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – are charges of wrongdoing that lay out specific assertions of how the president violated the U.S. Constitution and the oath of his office.

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WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — are charges of wrongdoing that lay out specific assertions of how the president violated the U.S. Constitution and the oath of his office.

Each of the articles will be voted on separately by the Judiciary Committee later this week, possibly Thursday. Those the panel approves will go to the full House for a vote, probably with a simple majority in the Democratic-controlled body on each article.

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House Democrats unveiled the two articles of impeachment they prepared against President Donald Trump after a two-and-a-half month investigation into his pressure on Ukraine to investigate his 2020 political rival Joe Biden as well as conspiracy theories about foreign interference in the 2016

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Those that pass will be sent on to the Senate, which must hold a trial. If two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 senators, vote to convict, Trump would be removed from office and Vice President Mike Pence would become commander in chief.

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The articles are drawn from the work of the House Intelligence Committee, which released a 300-page report on the investigation last week.

Here is each article explained:

Abuse of Power

The allegation of abuse of power stems from Trump's decision to withhold roughly $400 million of congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine until the country announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.

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At 9:07 AM ET Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a press conference to announce the House will draft and vote upon this week Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump . Those articles are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The impeachment articles also charged Trump with obstructing the House’s investigation into the matter. Trump ’s acquittal marked the end of a remarkable chapter of presidential scandal that only accelerated and accentuated Trump ’s grip on a Republican Party establishment he once scorned.

In a July 25 phone call, Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, who worked for the Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings. The "favor," as Trump described it, was made despite a lack of evidence that Biden or his son had engaged in corrupt activities, according to the House Intelligence report.

Democrats allege the pressure Trump exerted on a foreign ally amounted to an unconstitutional use of his office for political and personal gain by trying to wound a top opponent in a way that would help Trump win re-election in 2020.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-NY, said the president sought "to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest."

Trump and his GOP allies have dismissed the allegation, saying the aid was released and Ukraine never made an announcement to investigate the Bidens. In addition, they point to Zelensky's statements that he never felt pressure to act in exchange for the aid.

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Trump said Zelensky's denial is proof that he "has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls."

Obstruction of Congress

The allegations of obstruction are based on Trump’s lack of cooperation with the House inquiry, including defying subpoenas for documents and testimony.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in an Oct. 8 letter to Pelosi and other House leaders that the inquiry is being conducted in a manner that "violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process."

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But Democrats say the decision to withhold documents and prevent witnesses from testifying as part of the Ukraine probe violates the fundamental check-and-balance system between the branches of government the country's founders said was vital to the republic's survival.

The White House prevented a number of mid-level and top staffers from testifying, in part because the process wouldn't allow the president to call or cross-examine witnesses. Trump tweeted last month he wanted people to testify but was "fighting for future presidents and the Office of the President" by not letting them appear before Congress.

Despite the directive not to appear, several administration officials did testify under subpoena.

The Intelligence report said Trump intimidated witnesses who appeared before the Intelligence Committee as part of the inquiry by questioning their patriotism and subjecting them to mockery.

Contributing: Bart Jansen

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump explained – and what happens next

Pelosi stands by delay in sending impeachment articles to Senate, calls McConnell a ‘rogue leader’ .
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her decision to hold off on sending impeachment articles to the Senate.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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