Democrats to unveil articles of impeachment focused on abuse of power

House Democrats are expected to announce articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday focused on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee held a meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the articles with members, less than a week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., directed the panel to proceed with drafting the measures.

House Democrats are expected to announce articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday focused on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee held a meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the articles with members, less than a week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., directed the panel to proceed with drafting the measures.

It is unclear, at this point, whether Democrats’ articles focused on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will reach beyond the Ukraine controversy and into former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller found no evidence of conspiracy or coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election but left the door open to whether the president obstructed the federal probe — a point that Democrats have made in the public hearing phase of the House impeachment inquiry.

Absent from the planned charges is a “bribery” count, which Democrats have repeatedly accused the president of in regards to his highly controversial July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in which he pressured him to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine.

Pelosi held a meeting in her office Monday night with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., after a hearing held by Nadler’s committee that featured lawyers laying out the evidence for and against impeachment.

In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution’s high bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

At the center of the impeachment inquiry is Trump’s efforts to press Zelensky to launch politically related investigations—regarding Joe Biden’s effort to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been looking into the natural gas firm where his son Hunter served on the board.

The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats have argued shows a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

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