Published: Fri, December 06, 2019

Impeachment of Trump to go ahead, says House Speaker Pelosi

Impeachment of Trump to go ahead, says House Speaker Pelosi

Pelosi's statement came one day after the first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, which heard from legal experts who analyzed whether Trump's conduct was impeachable. Republican talking points what I said to the President of the United States: when you talk about the whistleblower, you're coming into my wheelhouse.

"The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security, by withholding military aid and crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival".

House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he "leaves us no choice" but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next year's election. He tweeted that the Democrats "have gone insane".

The comment seemed to have really angered Pelosi. And quietly senators of both parties conferred on Wednesday, preparing for an eventual Trump trial.

Mr Trump later accused the "Do Nothing" Democrats of trying to impeach him over "two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President".

"We can not wait for the election", he said".

Asked as she was leaving if she hates Trump, Pelosi stiffened, returned to the podium and responded sharply that the president's views and politics are for the voters at elections to judge, but "this is about the Constitution".

Once an outsider to the GOP, Trump now has Republicans' unwavering support. They just don't like him.

Trump's allies argue that voters, not lawmakers, should decide the president's future.

"However, [those are] about the election", she continued.

A vote is expected in the next couple of weeks, setting up a fight in the Senate on whether to remove Trump from office.

White House officials and others said Trump is eager to have his say. Sen.

Mr Trump has lambasted the impeachment probe daily and proclaims his innocence of any wrongdoing, but he has declined to testify before House hearings or answer questions in writing. That could produce an additional article of obstruction not only of Congress, but also of justice.

Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower's complaint, the Intelligence Committee's impeachment report found that Trump "sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process and endangered USA national security".

Republicans defended the president in a 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never meant to pressure Ukraine when he asked for investigations of Biden and his son.

But more centrist and moderate Democrats, those lawmakers who are most at risk of political fallout from the impeachment proceedings, prefer to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans can more easily understand.

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