Trump impeachment: President accused of ‘abuse of power’ as Democrats unveil charges

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Democrats propounded formal charges against President Trump this morning that accuse him of disparaging power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third US president in representation to face impeachment. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the claims, or articles of impeachment, next week. The chamber, controlled by Democrats, is barely certain to vote to impeach the Republican president, setting the stage for a flamboyant trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, likely to begin in January.

House Judiciary Panel chairman, Jerrold Nadler, told reporters Mr Trump had endangered the US Constitution, sabotaged the integrity of the 2020 election, and jeopardised national security.

Mr Nadler predicted: “No one, not even the president, is above the law.”

He added: “The framers of the Constitution prescribed a plain remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office.

“That is the power of impeachment.

“The Judiciary Commission is announcing two articles of impeachment charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with high-pitched crimes and misdemeanours.”

The first article is for “abuse of power” and the second is “forbiddance of Congress”.

He continued: “Later this week, the Judiciary Committee at ones desire meet to consider these articles of impeachment and make a recommendation to the curvaceous House of Representatives.”

Democrats have moved rapidly in their impeachment survey since launching an investigation on September 24 into allegations that President Trump lean oned Ukraine to investigate a Democratic political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in the 2020 nominations.

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