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The articles of impeachment: full version

As you have likely heard or read, the House Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote, has adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, charging that he “ignored and injured the interests of the Nation” and abused his powers by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to announce corruption investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and that he obstructed congressional investigations into his conduct.

The full version of the articles impeachment is viewable here, via the New York Times.

Comments (17)

  1. Submitted by cory johnson on 12/10/2019 - 02:36 pm.

    I look forward to the Senate trial. Hopefully they subpoena Schiff and the Bidens. Then if they fight the subpoenas, using the House Democrats standards, they can be held in contempt of Congress.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/10/2019 - 03:00 pm.

      Why would Schiff be subpoenaed? Or the Bidens?

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/10/2019 - 03:28 pm.

        As a distraction from the real criminal acts, of course.

        • Submitted by cory johnson on 12/10/2019 - 04:25 pm.

          I assume you realize the irony of your comment? There isn’t an actual criminal act alleged in the articles. Their bribery allegation fell apart and they are left with “abuse of power.” Good luck with that. The whole process is meant to distract from a historically great economy and weak Democrat candidiates.

          • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 12/10/2019 - 08:45 pm.

            It is a good thing one cannot post charts and graphs here because you would have to admit that every aspect of the “great Trump economy” is a linear carry over from Obama. The upward slope from 2009 to now is straight and unchanging.

            Thank you President Obama for creating an economy so great that it can withstand all things Trump: tariffs, tirades and twitter tantrums.

          • Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 12/11/2019 - 10:46 am.

            “There isn’t an actual criminal act alleged in the articles. Their bribery allegation fell apart and they are left with “abuse of power.” Good luck with that.”

            Actually, the articles do allege act or acts of bribery tracking the bribery statute, 18 United States Code section 201 (b) (2):

            “(b) Whoever—

            (2) being a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:
            (A) being influenced in the performance of any official act;
            (B) being influenced to commit or aid in committing, or to collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
            (C) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official duty of such official or person; . . . shall be fined under this title or not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

            True, Trump is not technically charged with a crime. But for him and his defenders, the President of the United States being caught in the act of soliciting a bribe is no big deal. Being a Republican is all that matters to excuse any crime, misdemeanor or complete lack of competence to govern.

      • Submitted by cory johnson on 12/10/2019 - 04:20 pm.

        His contacts with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being filed.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/11/2019 - 09:08 am.

          Which has what to do with President Trump’s actions?

          It’s time you faced the fact that Trump is a lawless authoritarian wannabe who has bamboozled a large segment of the American electorate with his credit-grabbing for an economy that was already on the upswing. No amount of hounding former Democratic officials, or pursuing and trying to intimidate unknown public servants, is going to change that.,

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 12/10/2019 - 08:29 pm.

      Not that I get to decide; but, I would eagerly trade the testimony of the Bidens if Trump allows Giuliani, Pompeo, Mulvaney and Bolton to testify.

      Of course he will never accept this deal because he knows that they will, unfortunately, tell the truth and his conviction becomes more likely than not.

      We all know pretty much what happened in Ukraine. Bring in all the fact witnesses available and the Trump ship sinks into the depths of the Black Sea when we get decisive confirmation of what we think happened actually did happen.

  2. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 12/10/2019 - 02:40 pm.

    This impeachment document is the natural and inevitable outcome of resistance-mob rule.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/10/2019 - 03:04 pm.

      Were the Tea Party rallies also “resistance-mob rule?”

      • Submitted by Roy Everson on 12/11/2019 - 01:14 am.

        No. The “mob” in conservative-speak means the will of the majority of voters — which believes Trump did something wrong in Ukraine — often when the majority is being thwarted by the minority, thus mocking the concept of consent of the governed. The Tea party was a fairly small minority of voters which can more accurately be described as right-wing reactionaries who successfully took over a major party devoid of popular ideas.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/11/2019 - 09:09 am.

          “[R]ight-wing reactionaries who successfully took over a major party devoid of popular ideas.”

          That’s a polite way of putting it. I always looked at them as a collection of people holding misspelled signs and demanding that the government keep its hands off Medicare.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/10/2019 - 03:29 pm.

      Are you referring to the Constitution of the United States of America? Or possibly the Declaration of Independence (a resistance mob if there ever was one).

  3. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 12/10/2019 - 09:07 pm.

    Of course the left wing, liberal, silver lining for a Trump acquittal and the universal acknowledgement that it is perfectly OK to direct government resources to gain political advantage could lead to some NICE outcomes:

    The DOJ investigation of sexual abuse within the Ohio State wrestling program and Jim Jordan’s role in allowing it to persist.

    A Special Prosecutor to investigate the role of Devin Nunes in his contacts with Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas.

    An FBI investigation of Rick Perry’s campaign finance bundlers getting a energy exploration contract in Ukraine despite being far from the low bidder.

    Another FBI investigation into linkages between Mitch McConnell and Aluminum Oligarch Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska: Deripaska gets sanction relief, McConnell gets an Aluminum smelter.

    And we can only imagine the fun if we can uncover the pictures of Lindsey Graham that Trump has.

    And, of course, the big banana, the whole enchilada, the grand finale will be the politicization of the SDNY and Trump indictments leading to his greatest contribution to the public good: stamping out license plates in the prison shop.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 12/10/2019 - 09:27 pm.

    One would think the right wing conservatives would be celebrating their long fought battle. Just a few more days and Moscow Mitch and company along with Justice Roberts will absolve President Trump of all wrong doing, and in doing so make him dictator and chief, beyond all legal recourse. He has taken down justice (with the help of Barr), FBI, CIA, NSA State, EPA, Interior, Education, Energy, and now the Supreme court will follow suit. Yep that deep state called democratic governemnt with checks and balances is crumbling before our eyes. Putin can’t believe his success in installing a Totalitarian regime. Time to celebrate guys you just about got everthign burnt down.

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