Dems announce articles of impeachment

Herb Boyd | 12/12/2019, 3:16 p.m.
After months of handwringing and several days of testimony before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, the House Democrats announced ...

After months of handwringing and several days of testimony before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, the House Democrats announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10, that two articles of impeachment will be brought against Trump—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” the resolution reads.

The articles are now scheduled to be finalized and passed to the Judiciary Committee and then sent to the full House for a vote on whether to impeach Trump. With the Democrats a majority in the House, the vote to impeach is a certainty, and then it’s left to the Republican controlled Senate to hold a trial to determine if Trump is removed or acquitted. At least 20 Republicans would have to side with Democrats to make a conviction a reality.

Some amendments of the articles are expected in what is called the markup process, merely editing and refining the text of the bill.

The timetable on the completion of this stage is still uncertain as the House in only the fourth time in history places a president in the crosshairs of an impeachment. In the 19th century President Andrew Johnson was acquitted and so was President Clinton in the 1990s. President Nixon in the 1970s resigned before the impeachment trial got underway.

Trump quickly responded to the charges, citing them as “weak” and tweeted that “Nadler [referring to Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee] just said that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 election.’ Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times. That there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE.’ Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!”

Rep. Karen Bass of California during an interview stated that if Trump is re-elected that she would be inclined to bring articles of impeachment against Trump. “It might not be the same articles of impeachment, because the odds are we would have a ton more information. And then the odds of that, sadly enough, is that, you know, he probably has other examples of criminal behavior,” she concluded.

Such an eventuality may be necessary, but a re-elected Trump is not something desired by the Democrats.