2 Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump: 1. Abuse Of Power & 2. Obstruction Of Congress
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On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, about two and a half months after Speaker Nancy Pelosi first announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the president, in the video “House Dems Charge Trump With ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’ In Two Articles Of Impeachment, MSNC“, below:
According to Jerry Nadler (in italics), “First Article is for Abuse of Power. It is an impeachable offense for the president to exercise the power of his public office to obtain improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest. That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere our 2020 presidential election, thus damaging our national security, undermining the integrity of the next election, and violating his oath to the American people. These action more over are consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in our 2016 presidential election. And when he was caught, when House investigated and opened an impeachment inquiry, President Trump engaged in unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminant defiance of impeachment inquiry. This gives rise to the Second Article of Impeachment for Obstruction of Congress. Here too, we see a familiar pattern in President Trump’s conduct, a president who declares himself above accountability, above the American people, and above Congress’s power of impeachment (which is meant to protect against threat to our democratic institutions) is a president who sees himself as above the law. We must be clear: no one, not even the President, is above the law. I want to recognize the great contributions of the investigative chairs, particularly the Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, Committee For Oversight and Reform former Chair the late Elijah Cummings, and the new Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal, who helped to lay the foundation of the articles we are introducing today. I also want to thank my judiciary committee colleagues, who are critical in our work to hold the president accountable, and in drafting of these articles. Later this week, the Judiciary Committee will meet to consider these Articles of Impeachment and to make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives. We do not take this action lightly, but we have taken an oath to defend the Constitution and unlike President Trump, we understand that our duty first and foremost is to protect the Constitution and to protect the American people. That is why we must take this solemn step today. Elections are the cornerstone of democracy and foundation to the rule of law. But the integrity of our next election is at risk from a president who has already sought foreign interference in the 2016 and 2020 elections and who consistently put himself above country. That is why we must act now. I want to now turn to Chairman Schiff who will explain the evidence that supports these Articles and the need to act with such urgency today.” in the video “House Dems Charge Trump With ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’ In Two Articles Of Impeachment, MSNC“, below:
Former President Bill Clinton reacts to Democrats bringing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, in the video “Bill Clinton reacts to articles of impeachment against Trump“, below:
Ultimately, there will be a Senate trial in January, 2020.
In the video “House Republicans respond to articles of impeachment, ABC News“, below:
Last night, a panel of experts discussed how they anticipate will be the Twitter-happy commander-in-chief react, in the video “Quiet Before The Tweetstorm? How Will Trump React To Articles Of Impeachment, The 11th Hour, MSNBC“, below:
To better understand the process of impeachment, please refer to the videos below:
What is impeachment, how does it work and could President Donald Trump really be forced out of the White House? In the video “Explained: The process to impeach Donald Trump, ITV News“
What we can learn from Reconstruction, Watergate, and the Clinton saga, in the video “How to impeach a president“, below:
What exactly is impeachment and how does the process work? Learn about the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution, in the video “How does impeachment work?- Alex Gendler“, below:
So, just what kind of power does the Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution provide for the President of the United States ?
This week Craig looks at the expressed powers of the President of the United States – that is the ones you can find in the Constitution. From appointing judges and granting pardons, to vetoing laws and acting as the nation’s chief diplomat on foreign policy, the Commander in Chief is a pretty powerful person, but actually not as powerful as you might think. The Constitution also limits presidential powers to maintain balance among the three branches of government. Next week we’ll talk about the president’s powers NOT mentioned in the Constitution – implied powers, in the video “Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11“, below:
This week Craig continues our conversation on presidential powers by looking at those NOT found in the Constitution – implied or inherent powers. We’ll talk about how the president uses his or her power to negotiate executive agreements, recommend legislative initiatives, instate executive orders, impound funds, and claim executive privilege in order to get things done. Implied powers are kind of tough to tack down, as they aren’t really powers until they’re asserted, but once the they are, most subsequent presidents chose not to give them up. So we’ll try to cover those we’ve seen so far and talk a little bit about reactions to these sometimes controversial actions from the other branches of Congress, in the video “Presidential Powers 2: Crash Course Government and Politics #1“, below:
So, how would you vote if you were in the Senate? For those of you who are mainly concerned about economics, keep in mind that the strength and prosperity of the United States lies in the strength of its democracy.
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