House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the House was proceeding with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a historic step that is likely to make Trump the third President in US history to be impeached.
“Today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said in a brief address outside her office, the same location where she announced Democrats would open the impeachment inquiry two months ago. “The President leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit.”
The speaker’s announcement is the clearest signal yet that Democrats are moving swiftly to impeach the President before Christmas.
The House Judiciary Committee announced later Thursday that its next impeachment hearing will be Monday, December 9, at 9 a.m. where it will hear evidence from the staff counsels of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a 300-page report detailing the findings of the House’s two-month investigation into Trump and Ukraine, while the Judiciary panel has investigated obstruction of justice allegations from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Monday hearing suggests that the Mueller charges could be included in the articles of impeachment brought forward against the President.
Pelosi’s direction to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and other committee chairs to draft articles of impeachment comes one day after the Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing, where legal experts testified about whether Trump’s conduct was impeachable.
Pelosi argued that the case against Trump is clear.
“The facts are uncontested. The President abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” she said.
Trump tweeted ahead of Pelosi’s announcement Thursday that the Democrats should quickly impeach him so they could move onto the Senate trial, where Republicans have a majority.
“They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country,” Trump said. “But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair…trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business.”
The House Judiciary Committee’s Monday hearing to receive evidence means the panel could consider and approve articles of impeachment by the end of next week. Democrats on the committee have been asked to stay in Washington this weekend to prep for the upcoming proceedings.
It is believed after the investigation it will be the responsibility of the Senate to pass a verdict of Impeachment on the President, with a majority Republican at the Senate can the Democrat get the required figure to remove the president, only time will tell!!!!