December 10, 2019

House Committee Hands Down Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump: “A Key Moment in Our Nation’s History”


Post updated to reflect December 13 Congressional action.

Contact: Nancy Rodriguez,

Washington, D.C. — The House Judiciary Committee today handed down articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, citing his abuse of power in the Ukraine scandal and his obstruction of Congress as it exercised its constitutional powers to conduct oversight over the executive branch. Below is the statement of Zinelle October, Interim President of the American Constitution Society.

“The U.S. Constitution specifically tasks the House of Representatives with holding the President accountable through the impeachment process and the last few weeks have revealed that the House was right to investigate the President’s actions with regard to Ukraine.

“A steady stream of witnesses from inside and outside the administration have provided what appears to be substantial evidence corroborating the initial charges that the President abused his power. Numerous constitutional scholars have also come forward to say that the President’s actions warrant impeachment. The President and his lawyers have had a chance to present any evidence they wished to counter the witness accounts of the President’s actions, but to date they have not done so.

“Now that formal articles of impeachment are being handed down, the full House must weigh the evidence collected and determine if impeachment is warranted. Then it falls to the Senate to conduct an open, fair and comprehensive trial to determine if the President’s actions warrant removal from office.

“This is a key moment in our nation’s history and this process is unfolding just as the framers of the Constitution intended. We encourage all parties to let it continue to do so regardless of outcome. The integrity of the American election process is at stake, in 2020 and beyond.”

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