Trump impeachment: President accused of ‘abuse of power’ as Democrats unveil charges

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DONALD TRUMP has been charged with an abuse of his power and obstructing Congress by furious Democrats as his impeachment inquiry took a dramatic turn today.

Democrats announced formal charges against President Trump this morning that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third US president in history to face impeachment. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the charges, or articles of impeachment, next week. The chamber, controlled by Democrats, is almost certain to vote to impeach the Republican president, setting the stage for a dramatic trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, likely to begin in January.

House Judiciary Committee chairman, Jerrold Nadler, told reporters Mr Trump had endangered the US Constitution, undermined the integrity of the 2020 election, and jeopardised national security.

Mr Nadler said: “No one, not even the president, is above the law.”

He added: “The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office.

“That is the power of impeachment.

“The Judiciary Committee is announcing two articles of impeachment charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with high crimes and misdemeanours.”

The first article is for “abuse of power” and the second is “obstruction of Congress”.

He continued: “Later this week, the Judiciary Committee will meet to consider these articles of impeachment and make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives.”

Democrats have moved rapidly in their impeachment inquiry since launching an investigation on September 24 into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a Democratic political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in the 2020 elections.

Democrats accuse President Trump of abusing power by withholding aid to Ukraine, a vulnerable US ally facing Russian aggression, as well as dangling a possible White House meeting to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch the investigation.

Republicans accuse Democrats of seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election with a “witch hunt” against the Republican, who denies he did anything wrong.

President Trump is unlikely to be convicted in the Senate, given it is controlled by his party, but his impeachment may yet have an impact on the campaign trail as Democrats seek to retake control of the White House.

“The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office. That is the power of impeachment.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said: ““On this solemn day, I recall that the first order of business for members of Congress is the solemn act to take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

House Judiciary Democrats Steve Cohen added: “What matters is that he’s committed the two highest offences one can commit: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Beyond that nothing else matters.”

Mr Trump tweeted immediately after the news broke.

He said he did “NOTHING” wrong and that impeaching a president with his record would be “sheer Political Madness!”

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