abuse of power and obstruction

The Democratic camp announces the charges against Donald Trump at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 10, 2019.
The Democratic Party announces the charges against Donald Trump at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 10, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP

The Democrats held on Tuesday, December 10, two counts against Donald Trump in the impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

These leaders should be adopted in plenary session, normally during the next week, in the House of Representatives where the opposition is in the majority. Donald Trump will then become the third president in the country's history to be indicted in Congress.

"Today, in the name of the Constitution and our country, the Judiciary Committee of the House introduces two indictments against the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for crimes and major offenses"announced the Democratic leader of this commission, Jerry Nadler. "We are here today because the president's abuse of his powers has left us no other alternative"added Adam Schiff, head of the intelligence commission, which has conducted more than two months of investigation into the Ukrainian case.

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He insists that he did nothing wrong and denounces a "Masquerade" ridden by the Democrats because they are unable, according to him, to beat him in the polls. "To indict a president who has proven through his results, including perhaps by generating the strongest economy in the history of this country, to have one of the most successful presidencies in history and, more importantly, who has NOTHING hurt, is pure political madness, tweeted Donald Trump on Tuesday before the announcement.

Shortly after brief speech by Democratic leaders, Trump again denounced accusations "Ridiculous", believing that this is"A witch hunt".

"It's a familiar pattern"

Democrats opened dismissal proceedings against Donald Trump after learning that he had asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, well positioned to face him in the 2020 presidential election. The opposition accuses him of abusing his power to achieve its ends, including freezing crucial military aid for this country in armed conflict with Russia.

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"The President urged and pressured Ukraine to intervene in our 2020 presidential election, thereby undermining national security, weakening the integrity of the elections and violating its oath to the American people"said Nadler.

Democrats also blame him for refusing to cooperate in their investigation, which feeds the head of obstruction to the smooth running of Congress. Judging the investigation into dismissal "Unconstitutional", the White House has indeed told several advisors to the President not to comply with the orders to appear and not to transmit documents to the House.

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"It's a familiar pattern in the conduct of President Trump" who "Thinks he's not accountable to anyone"continued Nadler, a long-time opponent of the real estate mogul.

"We must be clear, no one, not even the president, is above the law. "

An improbable dismissal

Given the state of the forces in this chamber, Donald Trump is almost certain to be indicted, "Impeachment" in English, probably before Christmas. Before him, Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 knew this procedure, the Republican Nixon having resigned before the vote. The two were then acquitted in the Senate, which is constitutionally mandated to try the presidents by a two-thirds majority.

Like them, Donald Trump should also escape an impeachment. The Republicans remain in fact majority in the upper house and it seems extremely unlikely that 20 members of the Grand old party let go of the president. It remains to be seen whether his trial will be quick, as some of the White House tenant's wish, or whether Donald Trump will use it as a political platform.


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