House Democratic lawmakers are expected to unveil articles of impeachment today charging President Trump with abuse of power and conduct they say presents a “clear and present danger” to national security and the upcoming 2020 election. The New York Times reports the articles are expected to center on two charges: that Trump violated his oath of office by elevating his personal political concerns over the national interest and that Trump stonewalled congressional attempts to investigate his actions. The ongoing impeachment inquiry centers on how Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Times reports the House Judiciary Committee was working overnight to prepare the articles of impeachment. This all comes after the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Monday in which two lawyers argued evidence for and against impeachment. This is Republican lawyer Stephen Castor speaking about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.
Stephen Castor: “The call summary reflects absolutely no pressure or conditionality. President Zelensky vocalized no concerns with the subject matters discussed. And there is no indication of bribery, extortion or other illegal conduct on the call.”
And this is Daniel Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee lawyer who led the Ukraine inquiry, testifying to the evidence for impeachment.
Daniel Goldman: “President Trump directed a months-long campaign to solicit foreign help in his 2020 re-election efforts, withholding official acts from the government of Ukraine in order to coerce and secure political assistance and interference in our domestic affairs. As part of this scheme, President Trump applied increasing pressure on the president of Ukraine to publicly announce two investigations helpful to his personal re-election efforts. He applied this pressure himself and through his agents working within and outside of the U.S. government.”
All this comes as the Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released a long-awaited report that concludes the FBI acted without political bias when it opened the investigation into links between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. The report debunks Trump’s often repeated claims that he was targeted by a politicized conspiracy. But the report did find serious and systematic problems with the FBI’s wiretapping of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The American Civil Liberties Union said, “The concerns the Inspector General identifies apply to intrusive investigations of others, including especially Muslims, and far better safeguards against abuse are necessary.”