After weeks of interviews and deliberations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday morning.
In a press conference, Pelosi outlined the discoveries of the impeachment investigation, saying, “The president has engaged in an abuse of power, undermining our national security, and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. His actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders and the oath of office that he takes to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
She continued, “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment.”
And it’s likely they will. The Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. The Senate, however, is still majority Republican, and it is unlikely that the Senate will decide to impeach Trump after the articles pass through the House—which Trump knows.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted minutes after Pelosi concluded her remarks, “We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate.”
.@SpeakerPelosi & the Democrats should be ashamed. @realDonaldTrump has done nothing but lead our country - resulting in a booming economy, more jobs & a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments. 🇺🇸 We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate.— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) December 5, 2019
The president responded to Pelosi’s announcement Thursday morning by tweeting, “The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair….trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!”
.....trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to “Clean the Swamp,” and that’s what I am doing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
The president continued, calling his threatening phone call to the Ukrainian president not only “appropriate” but “perfect.”
....This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
Will impeachment be frequently used to attack future presidents? Trump’s term is almost over and it took this long to make moves against him, even as he seemingly violated not only U.S. laws and the Constitution, but all the laws of common decency. On the other hand, if he gets elected again, impeachment might be the right call; just do it sooner, you guys.