After 77 days of formal investigation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with the chairs of the investigative committees, announced Democrats’ intent to impeach Donald Trump on two charges: abuse of power related to his attempt to extort the government of Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the son of Trump’s political rival, former V.P. Joe Biden, and obstruction of Congress related to his refusal to provide witnesses and documents for the investigation.
In announcing the articles, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Trump’s actions have imperiled the integrity of the 2020 election and Trump’s continued tenure in the White House continues to do so.
In view of Congress’ need to ensure the election can run fairly and the legislature’s need to preserve its status as a co-equal branch of government, the House must impeach Trump, Schiff said.
He rejected the idea that Congress should wait for Election Day itself to let voters decide whether to reelect or remove Trump.
“‘Why don’t you let him cheat in one more election?'” Schiff asked rhetorically. “That is what that argument amounts to.”
In announcing the articles Tuesday, Democratic leaders emphasized they were not taking the matter lightly. Pelosi and her lieutenants did not take questions from reporters.