US House of Representatives presents charges against Trump
The US House of Representatives announced two charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday for abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The so-called articles of impeachment (pdf) are the result of months of research into the possible deposition of Trump.
That investigation was initiated after a whistleblower within the American intelligence services had ringed the bell because of a suspicious telephone conversation that Trump had with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019.
Trump then pressured Ukraine to get involved in the US presidential election in 2020, said President and Democrat Jerry Nadler during the press conference.
“With this, he threatened state security, undermined the elections and violated the promise to the American people,” said Nadler.
That is why the committees think the president is guilty of abuse of power. The committees also accuse Trump of obstructing Congress because, among other things, the president was “unprecedentedly” bothering the removal proceedings following the alleged abuse of power.
According to Nadler, Trump states that he does not have to answer to anyone and defies the right of Congress to protect American democratic institutions with the help of a bargaining procedure.
“But we must be clear: no one, not even the president, is above the law,” said Nadler.
Later this week, the House of Representatives will hold a vote on the charges. This may already happen on Thursday. If a majority in the House of Representatives – who have a Democratic majority – agrees, then Trump is in the official state of accusation. Subsequently, a procedure will take place in the Senate.
Because the Senate in turn has a Republican majority, it is unlikely that this section of Congress will agree to the actual removal of Trump. Voting is expected in both chambers according to party lines.
A White House spokesperson responds that Trump will challenge the “inaccurate” charges in the Senate and expects to be completely acquitted there.