House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a “solemn day” Tuesday morning when she led fellow Democrats to a microphone to announce they are writing up two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the Judiciary Committee.
The two allegations, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, come after weeks of Democratic-led hearings over Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s president earlier this year. The president has called the phone call “perfect” but officials within the White House and State Dept. employees voiced frustration with Trump, took their complaints to eager Democrats, and emerged as key witnesses for hearings in the House Intelligence Committee.
The phone call was leaked weeks ago in a Democratic-led effort to accuse the president of abusing his office for personal gain, which Democrats called a “quid pro quo” until focus group polling found “bribery” was a more serious, stronger-sounding accusation.
“Unlike President Trump, we understand that our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the Constitution and to protect the interests of the American people,” Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters. “That is why we must take this solemn step today.”
Tuesday’s announcement also comes after far-left Democrats vowed to impeach the president soon after he was elected – if not on election night – and Pelosi was pushed by her party to give in.
Reacting to the press conference, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) told Fox News it was “really telling” that Democrats did not answer questions from the press.
“It tells me they have no case,” Collins, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, told anchor Bill Hemmer.
“But they have the votes,” Hemmer replied.
The committee is expected to vote on the articles this week and then send it to the full House.