US Democrats to Impeach Trump on Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress Probe - Nadler

© REUTERS / Tom BrennerUS President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on "education choice" at the White House in Washington, US, December 9, 2019.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on education choice at the White House in Washington, US, December 9, 2019.  - Sputnik International
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US House Democrats have repeatedly accused Donald Trump of trying to obstruct their impeachment probe by ordering officials not to cooperate. Trump, in turn, slammed the investigation as a biased "witch hunt" and as an illegal blow against him ahead of the election.

Democrats running the impeachment probe into US President Donald Trump have revealed two articles of impeachment accusing him of 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", Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and one of the Democratic leaders running the probe, stated.

Trump has already reacted to the announcement of the impeachment articles against him, calling them "ridiculous" and accusing Nadler of deliberately ignoring facts that undermine his accusations. He pointed out that the "victims" of his allegedly improper actions as POTUS – the president and foreign minister of Ukraine – have dismissed the claims that Trump pressured them in any way.

US House Intelligence Panel chief Adam Schiff, another leading Dem in charge of the impeachment efforts, defended the introduction of the obstruction article by stating that if Trump's refusal to cooperate with the probe remains unaddressed, future US presidents accused of corruption will also be able to evade accountability for their actions. Schiff went on to accuse Trump of continuing to "undermine" future US elections.

"The evidence of the president's conduct is overwhelming and uncontested", Schiff said.

Impeachment Probe

US House Democrats suspect Trump of pressuring the Ukrainian president to meddle in the 2020 US presidential election by initiating a criminal probe into Joe Biden – one of Trump's most likely rivals in the race. They believe POTUS used US military aid to Kiev and a promise of meeting at the White House as leverage on President Volodymyr Zelensky.

US President Donald Trump denies any wrongdoing and has called the impeachment a "witch hunt". He insists that the Democrats should subpoena Biden in order to verify allegations that the former vice president pressured the previous Ukrainian administration to end a criminal probe into the Burisma gas company and his son Hunter Biden in 2016.

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