House makes move to impeach Trump
PELOSI: NO CHOICE BUT TO ACT
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”.