WASHINGTON (NBC News) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday she is asking the House Judiciary Committee to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Pelosi said in a statement at the Capitol that the facts of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing involving Ukraine “are uncontested.”
“The president abused his power for his own personal, political benefit at the risk” of U.S. national security. She said his actions “seriously violated the Constitution” and gave Democrats “no choice but to act.”
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Note from Associated Press:
The GOP leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, said Pelosi was “more concerned about tearing the president down than buílding the country up.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of choosing impeachment over important legislatiion, though many House-passed bills are waiting for action in his chamber. “It’s all impeachment, all the time,” he said.
Arkansas Governor response:
“The announcement by Speaker Pelosi signals that the House Democrats are proceeding with impeachment despite the partisan divide and the inadequate factual record. The American public does not see a justification to remove an elected President and with the hurry-up approach to the hearings, I do not see the impeachment effort being successful.”