Dems: Charges must come swiftly

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mas­caro and Mary Clare Jalonick

WASH­ING­TON >> House Democrats moved ag­gres­sively to draw up for­mal ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi say­ing he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly be­cause he’s likely to cor­rupt the sys­tem again un­less re­moved be­fore next year’s elec­tion.

A strictly par­ti­san ef­fort at this point, de­rided im­me­di­ately by Trump and other lead­ing Repub­li­cans as a sham and a hoax, it is a po­lit­i­cally risky un­der­tak­ing. Democrats say it is their duty, in the af­ter­math of the Ukraine probe, while Repub­li­cans say it will drive Pelosi’s ma­jor­ity from of­fice.

Congress must act, Pelosi said. “The democ­racy is what is at stake.”

“The pres­i­dent’s ac­tions have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion,” she said in a somber ad­dress at the Capi­tol. “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 jeop­ar­diz­ing the in­tegrity of our elec­tions.”

Trump has in­sisted he did noth­ing wrong. He tweeted that

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a state­ment at the Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day.

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