On Thursday, the indictment of the US President took a new step in the House of Representatives, with a vote formalizing the procedure.
The indictment of Donald Trump reached a new stage in the House of Representatives on Thursday, October 31, with a vote formalizing the procedure. The latter will become public after five short weeks of investigations, which contrast with the long months of investigation that preceded the two previous indictments, those of Richard Nixon, in 1974, and Bill Clinton, in 1998. is the fourth in the history of the United States.
This procedureimpeachment was triggered by the report to Congress of a whistleblower, initially blocked by the Department of Justice. The CIA member then expressed concern in a letter dated August 12 the content of a discussion between the President of the United States and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, July 25. In the course of this discussion, Donald Trump suggested to his interlocutor, who had just told him of the weapons needs of his country, faced with a low-intensity conflict led by pro-Russian separatists, to open investigations against his political opponents. .
September 18, the Washington Post states the first report of the whistleblower and obstacles opposed by the administration to its transmission to the Congress. On September 24, the speaker (Speaker) Democrat of the House, Nancy Pelosi (California), announces the opening of an impeachment proceeding. The next day, the White House publishes a non-exhaustive account of the conversation. On September 26, the House of Representatives does the same with the whistleblower reporting.
Despite the obstructionist strategy formalized on Oct. 8 by a letter to Congress of White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Donald Trump, however, is unable to block the closed-door hearings of a dozen diplomats and advisers involved in different ways in this Ukrainian affair.