Democrats Unveil 2 Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

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    From left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, D-Calif., unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol in what she called a “solemn act.” Voting is expected in a matter of days in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House. Trump insisted he did “NOTHING” wrong.

    “He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the Judiciary chairman announcing the charges before a portrait of George Washington. “Our next election is at risk… That is why we must act now.”

    Trump tweeted ahead of the announcement that impeaching a president with a record like his would be “sheer Political Madness!”

    The outcome, though, appears increasingly set as the House prepares for voting, as it has only three times in history against a U.S. president.

    In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution’s bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    Some liberal lawmakers wanted more expansive charges encompassing the findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Centrist Democrats preferred to keep the impeachment articles more focused on Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    The charges unveiled Tuesday stem from Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are expected to unveil two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes as the president insists he did “NOTHING” wrong.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the morning announcement that Trump tried to “corrupt our upcoming elections” and remains a “threat to our democracy and national security.”

    Pelosi said in a tweet that the House was taking next steps to “defend’ the democracy.”

    Democratic leaders are laying out next steps after their impeachment inquiry determined Trump put U.S. elections and national security at risk when he asked Ukraine to investigate his rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden, while withholding needed military aid. They say he then tried to obstruct Congress’ investigation.

    Trump, meanwhile, insisted he did “NOTHING” wrong and that impeaching a president with a record like his would be “sheer Political Madness!”

    Democrats have not public released their plans. Details were shared by multiple people familiar with the discussions but not authorized to discuss them and granted anonymity.

    Pelosi declined during an event Monday evening to discuss the articles or the coming announcement. Details were shared by multiple people familiar with the discussions but not authorized to discuss them and granted anonymity.

    When asked if she has enough votes to impeach the Republican president, Pelosi leader said she would let House lawmakers vote their conscience.

    “On an issue like this, we don’t count the votes. People will just make their voices known on it,” Pelosi said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “I haven’t counted votes, nor will I.”

    The outcome, though, appears increasingly set as the House prepares to vote, as it has only three times in history against a U.S. president.

    Trump, who has declined to mount a defense in the impeachment proceedings, tweeted Tuesday just as the five Democratic House committee chairmen prepared to make their announcement.

    “To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election,” he wrote on Twitter.

    The president also spent part of Monday tweeting against the impeachment proceedings. He and his allies have called the process “absurd.”

    Pelosi convened a meeting of the impeachment committee chairmen at her office in the Capitol late Monday following an acrimonious, nearly 10-hour hearing at the Judiciary Committee, which could vote as soon as this week.

    “I think there’s a lot of agreement,” Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the Democratic chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee, told reporters as he exited Pelosi’s office. “A lot of us believe that what happened with Ukraine especially is not something we can just close our eyes to.”

    At the Judiciary hearing, Democrats said Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while withholding U.S. military aid ran counter to U.S. policy and benefited Russia as well as himself.

    “President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security,” said Dan Goldman, the director of investigations at the House Intelligence Committee, presenting the finding of the panel’s 300-page report of the inquiry.

    Republicans rejected not just Goldman’s conclusion of the Ukraine matter; they also questioned his very appearance before the Judiciary panel. In a series of heated exchanges, they said Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, should appear rather than sending his lawyer.

    From the White House, Trump tweeted repeatedly, assailing the “Witch Hunt!” and “Do Nothing Democrats.”

    In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution’s bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    Some liberal lawmakers wanted more expansive charges encompassing the findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Centrist Democrats preferred to keep the impeachment articles more focused on Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., was blunt as he opened Monday’s hearing, saying, “President Trump put himself before country.”

    Trump’s conduct, Nadler said at the end of the daylong hearing, “is clearly impeachable.”

    Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the committee, said Democrats are racing to jam impeachment through on a “clock and a calendar” ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

    “They can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump is the president of the United States, and they don’t have a candidate that can beat him,” Collins said.

    In one testy exchange, Republican attorney Stephen Castor dismissed the transcript of Trump’s crucial call with Ukraine as “eight ambiguous lines” that did not amount to the president seeking a personal political favor.

    Democrats argued vigorously that Trump’s meaning could not have been clearer in seeking political dirt on Biden, his possible opponent in the 2020 election.

    The Republicans tried numerous times to halt or slow the proceedings, and the hearing was briefly interrupted early on by a protester shouting, “We voted for Donald Trump!” The protester was escorted from the House hearing room by Capitol Police.

    The White House is refusing to participate in the impeachment process. Trump and and his allies acknowledge he likely will be impeached in the Democratic-controlled House, but they also expect acquittal next year in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority.

    The president was focused instead on Monday’s long-awaited release of the Justice Department report into the 2016 Russia investigation. The inspector general found that the FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and that the FBI did not act with political bias, despite “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command.

    Democrats say Trump abused his power in a July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats. That was bribery, they say, since Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in military aid that Ukraine depended on to counter Russian aggression.

    Pelosi and Democrats point to what they call a pattern of misconduct by Trump in seeking foreign interference in elections from Mueller’s inquiry of the Russia probe to Ukraine.

    In his report, Mueller said he could not determine that Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election. But Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump of obstructing justice in the probe and left it for Congress to determine.

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    50 COMMENTS

    1. Way to many public secular lefty Jews involved as leaders in this effort. Looks very bad . Beware and be careful. The chickens may come home to roost Gd forbid.

      • Its a Kiddush Hashem. Jews (Real Jews ) are democrats and will be Democrats for a simple reason. The Torah teaches us. Love your brother, Love the immigrants etc. Even rent controll and taxes were started by us 1000 years ago.

      • “Secular lefty jews” Because only the Democrats elect Jewish Senators , Congressman etc. You have a point. If the Republicans would start electing Jewish Senators Men and Woman (Instead of White Evangelist Catholic Male Neo Nazis) this would be a more sophisticated trial than those White supremacist idiots did. Braking into Closed secure rooms? Did you notice they all came from Kansas, Louisiana, No Dakota, Wyoming etc The Truth is Trump maybe did not even have a fair chance with this idiots on the Republican side. Hillary was tried by them for so many years for so many different things and? Gurnischt. She had this smart Jewish Liberal College Educated Congressman,Senators on her side.

    2. Another ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT coming- trumpf being a perpetual moron and evil-doer. Even now he sends Crazy Onkele Rudy to the KGB Russians in Ukraine to concoct dirt on Joey Biden. And firing another FBI Director will cause more a ger toward traife trumpf.

    3. Oh, they watered it down to 2 now. Imagine Christians during this Christmas week watching this gross display of fraudulent Jews trying to coup our president. And still hockers and kapos in BP and Flatbush shlepping Nadler to rabbis and events for kugel.

    4. Obsrtuction of congress! By the way many of the fake news reporters called it obstruction of justice. Thats a lie and its fake news. Bit I gotto love the obstruction of congress charge. What a crazy charge. You guys are investigating the man for 3 years and don’t ;let him live. Its a political witch hunt and when he doesn’t play ball , its obstruction of congress. When someone doesn’t listen to you, its obstruction? Who do you think you are Mr nadler?

      Hey phineas aka yonasonw spare me the boring legal jargon. I am not interested in the scholarly literature of how important it is that congess stand as a check to the presidency . And its a threat to our basic fundamentals of democracy if we obstruct Congress holy mission. Thats baloney hogwash. Its all polciacl. Its nopt about one institution being a check on the other. You have no republcian support. By nxion and Clinton and Jackson you did have the other party. This is not about standing as a check. its about a fear that trump may actually win again in 2020! Spare me the jargon

      • I’m so surprised that you immense curiosity for all things learned doesn’t extent to this. We all know how much you appreciate scholarship and subject matter expertise. Hearing you opine on what is hogwash and nonsense is such a time-saver because we don’t need to learn law, civics, logic or political science. Just ask the guy at the end of the bar with the plumber’s crack sticking out of his jeans.

        I’d love it if you can pasken halacha as well. We won’t need any seforim.

        • Law and civics are only crucial up to a point. Common sense and practicality needs to come first. the only area in which we need to follow the law and at times not use our own judgement is our torah because it was written by the eibshter himself. His lawas can’t be modfied with the times etc. However , when a law is written by “founding fathers” that doesn’t make it more holy. You”ll need too still justify its morality and relevance. And it will need to resonate with voters to . Obstruction of congress poeple look at as a tit for tat. People don’t see that as morally a crime

      • I know, I know its a terrible day for you. Less than 11 months since the Dems in power and your Idol is INDICTED Hillary and Obama have the best time in their life. Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof. H was investigated by Republican Congress for 25+ Years (Not 11 months) Looks like Snowwhite next to him. Even you cant believe that someone whos personal lawyer, Campaign Manager etc are all Crooked is an honest men.

        • Its a great day for me not a bad day. The impeachment is great news. It brings biden down, energizes our base etc. Helps us out in 2020

          I agree with you Impeach now. But removal ain’t happening

          • “Great Day” Please read “Jewish guy” TERRIBLE. He is right. As you well know he barely won the electors by a few 1000 votes and lost the individual votes by 3 million. Since than he eliminated so many. Most importantly he eliminated the Educated White Middle Class in the suburbs by raising their Taxes (SALT) and giving it to the billionaires. Lost 42 seat in 2018 and just a few weeks ago lost the suburbs of Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky after T personally went there 3 times. He correctly claimed that no POTUS visited and campaigned in theses States for soooo long (The Dems had no chance and the Rep didnt waste time. He is right. Its Terrible for T.

        • Whats wrong with welfare payments? Brooklyn,Monsey, Monroe,Lakewood and where most Jewish Trumpists are most people are on welfare. You must be one of them. College Educated Jews voted Hillary.

          • College educated is not a shtultz. College is only a means to earn a living. We don’t get our intellect or education from college. Thats crooked and fake ideals.

            The college educated in der heim (back in your derfel) were the enlightened masklim who became communists. How did that work out? Are you satsifed with leon trotsiky outcome?

            You prove my point. Hillary voters and college education is fluff. Its nonsense. Torah education is what counts. That’s why we vote for trump.

            • “Torah education is what counts” and collecting welfare etc. to pay the bills . I agree. Please tell this to “a jew” above. FYI : Republicans are against welfare and Dems generally pro welfare etc. Even the frumme historically voted Dems for this reason.

            • Hey derfel yingele.

              I never said Torah Jews take welfare that’s your Shita

              Now I am not embarrassed if yiddisha families need govt help . Let them get it . Only shvartzas who kill yidden in jersey city ( more yidden than in Pittsburgh were killed ) should get programs ? At the same time we get much more money from republicans these days . We get school vouchers which is big plus the tax cuts that you hate . And yidden can thrive in real estate vs what’s going on in NYC . Furthermore as a policy we are against programs . Generally programs are abused and wasted by laidigers and goyom irresponsible and or having kids at young ages from multiple dads .They should not get programs. Only yidden who are productive people even if in kolel should get programs. So on a policy basis we vote against it . Once it’s here let yidden enjoy it too

    5. This is not a coup, but an action provided in our Constitution to reign in a President who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. He instructed persons subpoenaed to refuse to appear and as the evidence shows tried to get the Ukraine to investigate a potential rival’s son.

      Archy and the other Trump lovers Facts are Facts. Yes I know Donald Trump does not accept facts as facts.

      • He instructed persons subpoenaed to refuse to appear

        And whats wrong with instructing other not to appear when its polictally motivated with no Republicans? Obstruction of congress when i don’t listen to you after 3 years of yelling? laughable.

        And guess what good luck on selling obsrtuction of congress to the American people. Most will think like me. You only response will be some long winded answer about our founding father (as if they are so helig, lahavidl like the anshie knesses hagdola you’d think)) and about democratic institutions. very weak sale buddy.

        And abuse of power is only a drop more sellable.

        Yes I know Donald Trump does not accept facts as facts
        We accept facts. but they are piety facts. Why should we care about obstruction of congress? tell us a story not facts.

        • Archy, Please expound upon your words.
          If there was no wrongdoing what difference do the motivations behind the subpoena have to do with refusal to appear?
          Most people I know don’t think like you and most can spell correctly
          Like it our not the Constitution is the law of the land l’havdil like the Torah is our law.
          Do you have a problem with Trump not accepting facts as facts? Does it matter if Trumps facts are at odds with your views?

          • Phienas aka yakov doe,

            You are kind of busted using the same spelling red herring to attack me as Phineas would do. Kind of proves my point once again you loser.

            Like it our not the Constitution is the law of the land .

            Our land has lots of laws. its can always be used as a gotcha moment. If your method of convincing us that the man is guilty is by saying he obstructed congress, good luck. Thats a silly gottcha law.

            Trump accepts the facts we just don’t care. Got it?

            • Sorry Arch, you are wrong again just like you’re wrong about Trump. I am not Phineas or Phienas and don’t know him from Yoni or you. Either one of you may be sitting next to me at Landaus. Why are you obsessed with the idea that there are only a couple of people on this site who are opposed to inept compromised colluding lying Donald Trump/
              Archy did you know that Ivanka Trump Kushner offered Christopher Steele a job with the Trump Organization years ago?

          • I have provided yesterday a ten point proff to my obvious claim that it’s one guy with ten screen names . Do you really need me to prove it again you liar ?

            Yakov doe aka phineas please grow up and stop your shinagains . For starters post your pic near your name

      • Going to court over subpoenas is the way it works, asking a country with which we have treaty with to investigate corruption is what he is supposed to do, being the son of a potential(highly unlikely) opponent doesn’t give you immunity.
        None of what they are accusing him of is a crime let alone a high crime.

        • Which other countries has Trump asked their Presidents to investigate corruption?
          Where else has Trump dispatched his personal lawyer or lackey to investigate corruption?
          If Trump is so concerned about corruption why did he surround himself with so many people who are now serving time in prison?

          • In no other country did a sitting VP try to fire a prosecuter looking into his sons bosses corrupt dealings to protect his son

            • Heads of many other governments wanted that corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor fired. If there is a potential case against the Bidens the US Department of Justice should of course investigate.

    6. Phineas,
      A posek uses his mind to pasken albeit based on seforim. It’s a talent. Some of the biggest talmidei chachamim and gedolim who all books by heart were NOT poskim. Book geniuses never changed the world; a healthy dose of common sense did.

      • Proud to be a Yid today. 85% of Yiden vote democrats. Most of the Orthodox in Brooklyn, Lakewood, Monsey who voted Trump are Anti Torah/Israel haters Neturei Karteniks . I am sure if the republican would vote for Jewish Senators those Republican Jews would vote together with the Dem Jews to IMPEACH him. Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof.

        • Yes, for a change you are right. “Soros is getting his investment” Soros always get his investments, that’s why he is one of the smartest and richest men alive today. Not bad for a 12 year old kid surviving Nazi Europe without a home or penny.

          • Soros has been made the devil incarnate by Fox News. His money goes to support democracy in Europe.
            To whom did he contribute money to in America?
            Those who watch Fox get a very distorted view of the world.

            • Yakov doe now also defending soros as yingele does . How ironic that such a non central topic should concern you ? This isn’t the point of the article . It only concerns you bec you are one fat spammer .

              I love your justification for soros . Soros supports democracy but had no problem bringing down the U.K. For some foreign exchange profits . I guess democracy in the U.K. Doesn’t matter .or as he says it business is different than charity . For business we bust democracies to make a buck . Then give some charity to make us feel good

        • Most of the Orthodox in Brooklyn, Lakewood, Monsey who voted Trump are Anti Torah/Israel haters Neturei Karteniks

          again yingel peddling fake news.

          ost of the Orthodox in Brooklyn, Lakewood, Monsey who voted Trump are stamar? No other jew exist? Not bobov, chabad, ger , skver viznitiz, litfish in flatbush etc… Only stamar? such narishkiten. We just raised 4.5M for trump. No anti israel people at that event.

          • 4.5M for T. Just proved my point. Satmar (Just 1 out of the 3 Satmar) Just raised 7 million for some mosdos in Israel. 35000 People to Zeschem Lesolem, BQE was Closed. Chabad? Ger, Skver, Visnitz, Litfish?? is a small group combined. Watch the videos. (Ger in Israel is a different story) Monroe alone (100% Satmar) has more people than the Capital of Frumme Lakewod.

        • Dem Jews are JINOs who support the Jew haters in Congress and support the banning of religious freedom basically scum like you

            • The liberals support ban of freedom of religion ?

              Who ? Let’s start with Bloomberg banning metizia bpeh. PETA banning kaparas and trying to ban shechita too .
              Those that pass LGBT bills and want bakers to bankers cakes for gay weddings . Those that force our pools to have mixed swimming . Or ban
              A mechitza on a bus .
              This is our Religous freedom that they cheper with .

              Don’t be such a foolish naive liar

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