Pelosi’s comments mean that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will take a vote on whether or not to impeach the president.
In a statement for the press, Pelosi described President Trump’s alleged decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations into the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the region as both a violation of the Constitution and an abuse of power.
“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and our heart full of love for America, today I am asking our Chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said.
Following Speaker Pelosi’s comments, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham defended the president saying via Twitter that Speaker Pelosi and House 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,” Grisham said.
Prior to this statement, in a tweet directed to the House Democrats, President Trump said, “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.”
The House Judiciary Committee, overseen by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), is charged with drafting the articles of impeachment following weeks of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Should the House vote in favor of impeaching President Trump, a vote on whether or not to convict the president will then follow in the Republican-controlled Senate.
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.