House makes move to im­peach Trump


Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

US HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has an­nounced that the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is mov­ing for­ward to draft ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“Our democ­racy is what is at stake,” Ms Pelosi said. “The pres­i­dent leaves us no choice but to act.”

Ms Pelosi de­liv­ered the his­toric an­nounce­ment as Democrats push to­ward a vote, pos­si­bly by Christ­mas.

Ms Pelosi stood at the speaker’s of­fice at the Capi­tol and said she was au­tho­ris­ing the draft­ing of for­mal charges “sadly but with con­fi­dence and hu­mil­ity”.

“The pres­i­dent’s ac­tions have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion,” she said. “He is try­ing to cor­rupt, once again, the elec­tion for his own ben­e­fit. The pres­i­dent has en­gaged in abuse of power, un­der­min­ing our na­tional se­cu­rity and jeop­ar­dis­ing the in­tegrity of our elec­tions.”

At the heart of the im­peach­ment probe is a July call with the pres­i­dent of Ukraine, in which Mr Trump ap­peared to press the leader to in­ves­ti­gate Democrats and po­lit­i­cal ri­val Joe Bi­den as Mr Trump was with­hold­ing mil­i­tary aid to the coun­try.

Mr Trump tweeted that if Democrats “are go­ing to im­peach me, do it now, fast”.

He said he wants to get on to a “fair trial” in the Se­nate. The pres­i­dent also said that Democrats have “gone crazy”.

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