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Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:40
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House Dems unveil 2 impeachment articles against Trump

WASHINGTON Democrats in the House of Representatives announced Tuesday they will proceed with two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. "Our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security," Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler said during a news conference on Capitol Hill. "The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office: that is the power of impeachment." The announcement came hours after the president continued to insist on Twitter that he did "NOTHING wrong," and Democrats pursuing impeachment "is sheer Political Madness!" The Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the articles beginning later this week. The committee's deliberations will precede a vote likely to send the articles to the full House where a vote is expected next week. But even in the likely event that the articles clear the House, they are highly unlikely to pass the Senate where they would require a two-thirds majority in the chamber where Republicans hold 53 seats in the 100-member chamber. To date, the House has only vote three times on articles of impeachment against a sitting president. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were acquitted in Senate trials while Richard Nixon stepped down from office to avoid removal.