US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival.
"The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and (a) crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival," Pelosi said in a televised statement.
Pelosi made the remarks a day after the Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which three constitutional law experts called by Democratic politicians said Trump had engaged in conduct that represents impeachable offences under the Constitution.
Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing and called the impeachment investigation a hoax, responded in a tweet, saying, "This will mean that beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is now what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!"
....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
The House Judiciary Committee will now begin drafting articles of impeachment, and could vote on them next week. The full House could vote by Christmas. The matter would then move to the Senate for a trial in 2020.