The Democratic legislators of the House of Representatives unveiled on Tuesday the two formal charges of imputation of the political trial to the American president, Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
In the first one, Trump is accused of putting his political concerns before the national interest; and the second to obstruct the attempts of the Congress of investigation, said Jerry Nadler, the president of the Judicial Committee of the Lower House.
"Our president has the greatest public confidence. When he betrays that trust and puts himself ahead of the country, he puts the Constitution in danger, jeopardizes our democracy and our national security," he said.RELATED
Nadler was accompanied by the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Democratic presidents of lower house committees. "The facts are incontestable, it is a matter of duty," said Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, in which several of the investigation hearings were held. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this week on the charges announced today and will thus be transferred to the House of Representatives.
The vote in the lower house, which will make official the imputation of charges against Trump, that is to say his impeachment, is not yet dated, although it is expected to be before the end of the year 2019.
The Democrats maintain a majority in the Lower House of 235 legislators in front of 198 of the Republicans, which means that their approval is almost certain. Then the process would pass to the Senate, where the political trial would take place.
There, it is most likely to fail, since Republicans have a majority of 53 to 47 and, moreover, the removal requires a two-thirds majority. The committees of the Lower House of Congress, dominated by the Democrats, have been working for nearly three months on the construction of a political trial process against Trump for the request to the Ukrainian Government to investigate his political opponents.
The opposition considers that Trump abused his power by conditioning the disbursement of military aid to Ukraine and a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelenski, to order him to open an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption. They also believe that Trump has obstructed Congress by trying to block the investigation against him by prohibiting the testimony of officials from his Government.
Trump is the fourth president to face a political trial after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, both acquitted by the Senate, and Richard Nixon, who resigned from office in 1974 before the process ended.