House Democrats have announced they would proceed with articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump, charging him with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power surrounding his dealings with Ukraine. The charges, if approved by the House of Representatives in a vote expected next week, would make Trump only the third US president to be impeached and placed on trial in the Senate.
“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the US, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanours”, The Independent quoted House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler as saying on Tuesday.
"When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security." Adam Schiff, who as head of the House Intelligence Committee oversaw the investigation, said Trump's "continuing abuse of power" had left Democrats no choice.
"The evidence of the president's conduct is overwhelming and uncontested," he said.
Nadler said the Judiciary Committee would meet later in the week to consider the articles of impeachment. The Democrat-led committee is expected to pass them and forward them to the full House next week. The Democratic majority will almost certainly vote them through, paving the way for a Senate trial, likely in January.