House Democrats announced Tuesday two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — with respect to the president's dealings with Ukraine and the subsequent investigations.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Democrats are "charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors."
"Unlike President Trump, we understand that our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the Constitution and to protect the interests of the American people. That is why we must take this solemn step today.
Over the last several months, investigative committees of the House have been engaged in an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 elections efforts that compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections.
Throughout this inquiry, he has attempted to conceal the evidence from Congress and from the American people. Our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security.
The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office. No one, not even the president, is above the law."
The House leaders did not take questions after their announcement.
After the announcement, President Trump took to Twitter to unload on the House Democrats:
🔦 The House Judiciary Committee is expected to formally vote on the articles by Friday, setting up a full House vote next week before Congress breaks for the Christmas recess.