House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has announced that the Democrat-majority House of Representatives will move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
In remarks delivered on Thursday morning, Pelosi said, “if we allow a president to be above the law, we do so surely at the peril of our republic.”
“The facts are uncontested: the president abused his power for his own personal, political benefit at the expense of our national security, by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” Pelosi said.
“At the Judiciary Committee, the American people heard testimony from leading American constitutional scholars who illuminated, without a doubt, that the president’s actions are a profound violation of the public trust.”
Pelosi went to say that she was “asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment” against Trump, arguing that he “has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”
In response to the announcement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham took to social media to say that she believed House Democrats “should be ashamed.”
“[Trump] has done nothing but lead our country — resulting in a booming economy, more jobs and a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments,” Grisham tweeted Thursday.
Grisham added that the Trump administration “look forward to a fair trial in the Senate,” where Republicans hold a majority of the seats.
Trump also took to Twitter to criticize the decision, saying the impeachment proceedings are over “nothing” and come from “The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats.”
“They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller ‘stuff,’ so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President,” the president added.
“This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!” he said.
In October, Pelosi announced that the House would hold impeachment hearings against the president, with the House Intelligence Committee beginning their hearings in November.
At issue were claims of mistreatment of a whistleblower and concerns over Trump asking Ukrainian…