For nearly three years since the Orange Menace took office, the day of his impeachment seemed as inevitable as the sun setting in the west, the swallows returning to Capistrano or more billionaires deciding only they could save the country. While congressional staffers have been hard at work trying to ready President Trump’s articles of impeachment for review by the Judiciary Committee, his diehard followers are still turning a blind eye to the seriousness of the charges. Will the formal allegations of high crimes and misdemeanors — supported by testimony, communications and documentation provided by the president himself — be enough to convince both chambers of Congress to punt this guy back to Trump Tower?
By Andrew Squibley and Arthur Bushwhacker, Backup Vocals for Milli Vanilli
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WASHINGTON (Rueters) — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met this weekend to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump’s presidency.
After emerging from an all-day closed door meeting Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Democratic lawmakers said they had completed a draft of formal charges, a “baker’s dozen” of allegations of illegal and immoral acts, known as articles of impeachment, that the panel could recommend for a full House vote as early as Thursday. A copy of the 13 draft articles was supplied to Rueters by a source on the committee and appears below.
The lawmakers released a 55-page report on Saturday morning outlining what they see as the constitutional grounds on which articles of impeachment could be built.
In releasing the report, the panel’s Democratic chairman, Jerrold Nadler, said impeachment was the only way to hold the Republican president to account.
“President Trump abused his power, betrayed our national security, and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain,” Nadler said in a statement. “The Constitution details only one remedy for this misconduct: impeachment.”
Nadler noted some constitutional experts have advised that “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as outlined in the Constitution, do not of themselves necessarily refer to bad or unpopular policies. “Usually, elections are meant to correct these deficiencies,” the chairman told Rueters, “not impeachment. But, I think, since we’re on this track anyway, why not toss them in? Racist immigration policies, North Korea’s runaway nuclear program, the president’s support for Russian meddling in our democracy — they all belong in the mix.”
The committee will hold a public hearing on Monday to consider evidence gathered in the inquiry.
Republicans have called for a full day of proceedings to examine their own evidence, including a 110-page report saying the inquiry had found no evidence of an impeachable offense — except for all the evidence of multiple impeachable offenses.
On Friday, the White House told Nadler it would not take part in the panel’s hearings and condemned the inquiry as “completely baseless.” Nadler, in turn, expressed his disappointment: “The American people deserve answers from President Trump.”
Here is a draft of 13 potential articles of impeachment which will be reviewed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, and other House leaders before being put to a vote by the full House: