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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has officially called for articles of impeachment to be drawn up against President Donald Trump, making him just the third chief executive to be thus called on the carpet. (Richard Nixon would have been the fourth, but he resigned before the House voted on articles of impeachment.)
In her brief remarks, Pelosi, who many Trump opponents had criticized for dragging her heels on impeachment, invoked the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while saying that House hearings have established that the president abused the power of his office for personal gain and obstructed congressional investigations.
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 crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival….
His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our constitution. A separation of powers, three co-equal branches, each a check and balance on the other.
For his part, Donald Trump prebutted the announcement with a pair of tweets calling for a "fast" and "fair" trial in the Senate:
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…..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to "Clean the Swamp," and that's what I am doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
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