House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she was advising the House Judiciary Committee as well as chairmen of other government committees to proceed with moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying “the president leaves us no choice but to act.”
“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and our heart full of love for America, today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said reporting live from the Capitol. The Speaker added that the facts surrounding the president’s alleged wrongdoing involving Ukraine “are uncontested.”
“The president abused his power for his own personal, political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” said Pelosi, also saying that Trump’s actions “seriously violated the Constitution.”
“Our democracy is what’s at stake,” Pelosi continued. “The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
In order to protect the nation from that possibility, Pelosi said, the founders “created a Constitutional remedy to protect against the dangerous or corrupt leader — impeachment.”
Pelosi did not mention a deadline for committees to write the articles of impeachment or when a House vote would occur. Members in attendance at a private Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday indicated that the vote would take place before the holiday recess. In fact, one member said they were told to “not make plans” for December 21 or 22.
Like much of the Democrat’s impeachment activities, we have not been told the specific details about whether the articles would encompass oversight investigations by the Democrats that were already conducted prior to the Ukraine phone call, but some lawmakers have considered including “findings” from the Mueller report that they want to be included.
After Pelosi spoke, the president criticized her remarks.
“The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats have just announced that they are going to seek to Impeach me over NOTHING. They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller ‘stuff,’ so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President…” he wrote in a post on his social media account.
Trump added: “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district Nancy. USMCA?”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the House speaker and Democrats “should be ashamed. Trump has done nothing but lead our country — resulting in a booming economy, more jobs & a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments,” Grisham posted on her Twitter account. “We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate.”
Rep. Doug Collins, (R-GA), high ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, posted that Nadler told him this week to provide him with his witness list.
“But Pelosi’s press conference seemed to indicate we’re moving straight to articles of impeachment. Judiciary has jurisdiction over articles of impeachment, but does the chairman even know what’s going on?”
The next impeachment hearing by The House Judiciary Committee began on Monday at 9 a.m. ET. The panel will see presentations from Democratic and GOP counsels to the Intelligence Committee on the evidence collected in the impeachment inquiry.