Impeachment Update

December 13, 2019
WHAT'S NEXT On December 5, Nancy Pelosi announces the next step in the impeachment inquiry against the president.
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Nancy Pelosi made a big announcement on December 5. She said the U.S. House of Representatives will begin writing a document called the “articles of impeachment” against President Donald Trump. “The president’s actions have clearly violated the Constitution,” Pelosi says.

In September, the House began its impeachment inquiry into the president. It started after a complaint was filed in August. The complaint said Trump pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Pelosi’s announcement comes after weeks of public testimony by diplomats and other officials who worked for Trump. On December 3, House Democrats released a report. It says Trump “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests” of the U.S.

House Republicans say there’s no evidence the president did anything wrong. Stephanie Grisham is the White House press secretary. “The Democrats should be ashamed,” she wrote on Twitter.

If House members vote in favor of the articles of impeachment, the president is impeached, or charged with a crime. A trial in the U.S. Senate would then determine whether or not Trump will be removed from office.

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