House Democrats unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday

From left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, D-Calif., unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

From left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, D-Calif., unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Updated: 9:17 a.m.

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday morning, 77 days after they launched a formal inquiry into his withholding of aid to Ukraine and request to investigate a political rival.

The articles charge abuse of power by Trump in the Ukraine affair and obstruction of Congress.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Trump “consistently puts himself above the country” and his actions in the Ukraine affair left the House with no choice but to resort to the remedy of impeachment as prescribed in the Constitution for the most egregious abuses by a president.

After it finalizes the articles, the Judiciary Committee is expected to send them to the full House for a vote on whether to impeach the president.

“The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week, announcing that Democrats were moving forward with impeachment against President Trump.

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