House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
In her announcement, Pelosi said, “Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own political benefit,” she said. The House Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee have heard testimony for weeks as the probe into Trump has continued.
Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry in September. The decision came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power from Ukraine during a phone call for his own political gain.
During the call with Ukraine’s president, Trump reportedly pressured Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump admitted that he had brought up Biden’s family during the call but told reporters that he did so because “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”
The president also confirmed on that his administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine but denied that it was done for leverage.