House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler announced official charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump, during a joint press conference with House Democrats Tuesday. Speaker Pelosi called it a “solemn day” thanking all involved in the impeachment process.
“Over the last several months, the investigative committees of the House have been engaged in an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 elections efforts that compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections,” said Nadler. “Throughout this inquiry he has attempted to conceal the evidence from congress and from the American people.”
Nadler added, “our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that public trust and puts himself before country he endangers our constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security.”
On Monday, the House Judiciary committee heard from committee lawyers on whether impeachment is justified after weeks of questioning witnesses. That same day the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report was released to the public revealing faulty applications used to predicate spying on members of the Trump campaign.
To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
“To impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election,” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier on Tuesday.
During Tuesday’s announcement, however, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he was “reluctant” to use his power to impeach a sitting president until President Donald Trump “abused his power of office” calling his “misconduct” “unprecedented and uncontested.” He said if Congress waited, President Trump would continue his campaign to solicit help from foreign powers to win reelection.
“The President’s oath of office seems to mean very little to him, but the articles put forward today will give us the chance to show that we will defend the constitution and that our oath means something to us.” said Schiff.