Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved closer on Wednesday to impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump as a key House committee began debating formal articles of impeachment that are expected to be brought to the House floor next week, Reuters reports.
The House Judiciary Committee was meeting in order to consider the two articles, which accuse Trump of abusing his power by trying to force Ukraine to investigate his political rival - former Vice President Joe Biden and of obstructing Congress when lawmakers tried to look into the matter.
“If the president can first abuse his power and then stonewall all congressional requests for information, Congress cannot fulfill its duty to act as a check and balance against the executive (branch) — and the president becomes a dictator,” Representative Jerrold Nadler stated in the opening remarks.
As we reported earlier, the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives invited U.S. President Donald Trump to his first impeachment hearing on December 4. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler published the relevant letter on November 26.
"Basically, the president has a choice: he can take the opportunity to be represented at the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process. I hope he decides to participate in the investigation directly or through a lawyer, as other presidents have done to him. "Nadler said.
He reminded Trump that the committee's rules allow him to be present at the hearing, and his lawyer has the right to question witnesses.