Donald Trump becomes 3rd president in US history to be impeached

DEC 18 2019

WASHINGTON – A majority of the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. The vote marked only the third time in American history that the full chamber has approved articles of impeachment against a president.

Trump faced impeachment on two specific charges: The first was that he abused his power by freezing U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Ukraine’s president into launching investigations into Trump’s domestic political opponents. According to the first article of impeachment, Trump’s actions towards Ukraine amounted to having used his office to solicit “the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election.”

Through his conduct, the article states that Trump “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.”

The second article of impeachment charges Trump with obstruction of Congress, for demanding that top level staffers at the White House defy the lawfully issued subpoenas they received from the House Intelligence Committee, compelling them to testify in the impeachment probe.

“President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives,” the article states, and he “assumed to himself functions and judgments” that are the constitutional purview of the legislative branch, and specifically of the House.

Despite the White House’s blanket directive to aides this fall not to testify, more than a dozen current and former national security officials, diplomats and career public servants ignored the president’s instructions and opted to give testimony under oath.

A bitter defeat

Throughout the entire impeachment inquiry process, Trump has constantly assailed and insulted the lawmakers leading the probe, the reporters covering it, and the government employees testifying in it.

For a president obsessed with winning, the prospect of being forever part of the group of three U.S. presidents in the country’s history who have been impeached likely represents a singular professional and personal humiliation.


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