US President Trumps impeachment to go ahead, confirms Speaker Pelosi

Clay Curtis
December 6, 2019

"Our democracy is what is at stake", Pelosi said in a statement to the press.

Ukraine wanted the aid, and a White House visit for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as a demonstration of USA support as it confronts Russian aggression.

"The president's actions have seriously violated the Constitution", she said in a somber address at the Capitol. "The president leaves us no choice but to act".

She said Mr Trump "abused his power for his own personal benefit", undermining national security.

The statement comes one day after three legal scholars told United States lawmakers that they believed that Trump had committed actions that were impeachable offenses under the U.S. constitution while another argued against impeachment.

"Today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment", Pelosi said in a brief address outside her office.

Pelosi has insisted that she's set no deadline for a full House vote on impeachment, though many Democrats indicated they would like to have the process finished before Congress's scheduled departure on 20 December for the holidays.

What could Trump be accused of?

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Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said be would advise President Donald Trump not to testify in a Senate impeachment trial.

They allege the president withheld nearly $400 million (€360 million) in security assistance to pressure the government there into announcing an investigation involving former Vice President Joe Biden to benefit Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

The House Judiciary Committee, which took up the obstruction of justice investigation, included questions about Mueller and obstruction of justice at Wednesday's hearing.

The committee's next step is expected to be a look into the evidence presented by the House Intelligence Committee, which released on Tuesday a 300-page report detailing the findings of the House's two-month investigation into President Trump and Ukraine.

A strictly partisan effort at this point, derided immediately by Trump and other leading Republicans as a sham and a hoax, it is a politically risky undertaking.

By asking the House Judiciary Committee chairman to draw up the charges, Pelosi, the top congressional Democrat, signalled that a formal impeachment process against the 45th president is all but assured. When the committee has finished, the entire House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the US Congress, will debate and vote on whether to bring charges against the president, decided by a simple majority. Though he has fought the House investigation, trying to bar current and former officials from testifying, he said he now wants to move on to a "fair trial" in the Senate. She asked, "How many Democrats will join her driving right off the cliff with this illegitimate impeachment hoax?"

Any conviction of Trump would, therefore, require a significant number of Republican senators to vote in favor of it, which would be historically unprecedented and regarded as extremely unlikely in this case.

Earlier, Trump tweeted that if Democrats "are going to impeach me, do it now, fast". The would send the issue to the Senate for a trial in the new year.

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