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Pelosi Makes It Official: We Will Impeach; Trump Responds
US President Donald Trump arrives at number 10 Downing Street for a reception on December 3, 2019 in London, England. France and the UK signed the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 in the aftermath of WW2 cementing a mutual alliance in the event of an attack by Germany or the Soviet Union. The Benelux countries joined the Treaty and in April 1949 expanded further to include North America and Canada followed by Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. This new military alliance became the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The organisation grew with Greece and Turkey becoming members and a re-armed West Germany was permitted in 1955. This encouraged the creation of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact delineating the two sides of the Cold War. This year marks the 70th anniversary of NATO. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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A day after the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it official Thursday morning: the Democrats are moving forward on drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. The president, she claimed, “leaves us no choice but to act.”

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our Founders, and our heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with the articles of impeachment,” said Pelosi, in comments reported by CNBC.

While the speaker addressed the media for over five minutes, she notably took no questions.

The drafting of the impeachment articles is now up to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

Within minutes of her announcement, both President Trump and the White House responded.

After having issued a taunting series of tweets to the Democrats early Thursday in which he said, “if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast,” Trump responded to Pelosi’s statement by pushing back on her claim about the Founders and suggesting that the Democrats’ impeachment push has actually been a big “win” for Republicans.

“The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats have just announced that they are going to seek to Impeach me over NOTHING. They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller ‘stuff,’ so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President,” Trump tweeted shortly after Pelosi’s announcement. “This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also issued a defiant and optimistic response to Pelosi and her fellow Democrats.

“[Speaker Pelosi] & the Democrats should be ashamed,” wrote Grisham. “[President Trump] 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.”

Trump started off Thursday by issuing a statement to the Democrats.

“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House,” Trump wrote in a pair of taunting tweets early Thursday morning. “They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, 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.”

Pelosi’s decision to move forward with submitting articles of impeachment against the president followed the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday in which four law professors gave their expert opinions on whether or not Trump’s alleged actions were impeachable.

Only one of the witnesses, George Washington University Law School’s Jonathan Turley, was a Republican-requested witness. While the three Democratic witnesses all maintain the Democrats’ pro-impeachment arguments, Turley — a self-described Trump critic who voted against Trump in 2016 and for both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton — argued that there is indeed an “abuse of power” going on, but by the Democrat-led Congress, not Trump, and that impeaching on such thin evidence sets a “dangerous” precedent.

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