House Democrats unveil articles of impeachment

House members lay out the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.
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OK we begin in Washington house Democrats officially unveiling two articles. Of impeachment against president trump this morning take a listen to the reaction from both Democrats and the GOP. The argument why don't you just waiting amounts to this. Why don't you just let him change in one more election. Why not let him cheat just one more time. Why not let him have foreign help just one more time. That is what that argument amounts to. The president's misconduct goes to the heart of whether we can conduct a free and fair election in 20/20. It is bad enough for candidate to invite foreign interference in our political process. But it is far more corrosive for a president to do so. And to abuse his power to make it so. We watched them introduced two articles of impeach. You change the course of congress to take away due process. For any point to where we are. Is the fear that Hamilton Alexander Hamilton had came to fruition. In this cup. I just hope no congress at repeats were going through today. A credit want to bring in Karen Travers at the White House and we have Catherine bald is on Capitol Hill and Catherine I'll start with you because these articles focused on abuse of power. And obstruction and and if you can't he just break that down for us to help us understand what this means. ES of the article say that the president should be impeached and barred from holding any political office ever again and wobbly don't make. Explicitly. Reference the Muller reports that they lay out. A cool pattern of behavior of by the president trump in previous invitations a foreign interference in the United States. Elections now look at these two right here we first half of abuse of power is article woman in this. They lay out this scheme that the president has engaged and they say that the president was acting directly and through agents. Within and outside the US government to cool roughly a solicit information as a related to Ukraine in publicly announce investigations into a two factors the former vice president Joseph Biden and also this discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine rather than Russia interfered in the 2016. Election now the second bullet. Under that says. That view's acting through acting. On his own and through intermediaries in an outside the US government also heat condition the president to official acts on the public. Announcement he had requested in those two things that we've heard a lot about throughout these. Hearings of the release of military aid to Ukraine and then headed Seton meeting at the White House referring to the meeting that president from. Was going to have with president Zealand ski now we moved to the second one. That is obstruction of congress now this article oh really that lays out how the White House seat you see these three bullets right here. But and the president has directed the white house of defiance subpoena by withholding the production of documents. Either the president in the White House directed agencies also to defy these subpoenas. And then also directed current and former executive branch officials not to cooperate with the committee in these articles named nine people specifically closer the president in his government in the White House. In in these agencies who they specifically requested for testimony in the White House balked at. Yes Catherine they tried to make it clear and concise there and Karen there's aria strong reaction. I'm from the White House the president tweeting this morning he's he was calling it sheer political madness. Thank you really that was a pre bottle that was put out on Twitter before the house Democrats announced those articles of impeachment but. White House there is a feeling being in front of inevitability at this surprise isn't expected for some time. And so wild up on Capitol Hill it was a frantic fevered pace in this is a very historic day. Here it's almost just another day the president has meetings this afternoon but. Of course the White House is responding to Press Secretary called this eight baseless and partisan intent. To undermine a sitting president Stephanie aggression on the Press Secretary says that the president will address these false charges in the senate trial he's looking forward to defending himself there. And the White House as always since day one Kimberly has insisted the president did nothing wrong. So Catherine what. Happens from here you know the articles have been revealed what's the next deaths is so on Thursday the House Judiciary Committee is expected. To hold a mark happen and then what's that it's not exactly a hearing it's where all of these members. A can offer amendments and debate these articles announce a grueling process that could last. Into the wee hours of the morning so. Now will happen and then after that shortly after that the committee will then a vote these articles to the full house floor where again they will be debated and voted on so that is expected to happen way from our sources were hearing by early next week. And Karen while all of this is happening on the Democrats announced a deal at the white house on the US Mexico Canada trade deal why is that happening right now. Just the timing of all of this House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was not a coincidence and listening very big deal for the White House isn't very big. Political win for president trump he has been pushing for this updated Nast for well more than a year. Congress has been negotiating and trying to get to something final that the Democrats could agree to you and today they announced they've hit that point. This is something that the president has one end and municipal OC was asked hot give him a win and a big win like this on a day when you're also announcing articles of impeachment because Kimberly incredible power 9 o'clock articles of impeachment 10 o'clock agreement. On the US and CA and Nancy Pelosi says. That they can hold anything up or delay in any way in something that would help American workers. Just to score a point against the president she says that shouldn't consider this a win for the president but a win for the American people. Yes major moves on all fronts on the wanna think Karen Travers right there at the White House. In Catherine folders on Capitol Hill thank you guys.

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