Pelosi formally requests House draft articles of impeachment against Trump impeachment: 'His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution'
The morning after a day of public impeachment testimony for the House Judiciary Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi iterated her commitment to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The testimony by legal scholars at Wednesday’s hearing, Pelosi said during a ten-minute speech on Thursday morning, demonstrated why it is important for the inquiry to move ahead. Wednesday’s hearing, the House speaker noted, featured compelling testimony from “leading American constitutional scholars” and made it clear that “the president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution.”
During Wednesday’s hearing, the House Judiciary Committee presented testimony from three experts on constitutional law: Prof. Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Prof. Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Prof. Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina Law School — and all three of them agreed that Trump committed an impeachable offense when, on July 25, he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The legal scholars’ testimony, Pelosi noted, showed that “the president has engaged in an abuse of power….. If we allow a president to be above the law, we do so surely at the peril of our republic.”
Pelosi said of Trump, “His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart our Constitution: the separation of powers…. Our democracy is what is at stake.”