House Judiciary Committee Introduces Articles of Impeachment

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House Judiciary Committee Introduces Articles of Impeachment

The articles accuse President Trump of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump. 

At a press conference this morning, Democrat leaders in the House charged the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

"It is an impeachable offense for the president to exercise the powers of his public office," said Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler. "To obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest."

Democrats accuse the President of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. 

In a second impeachment hearing Monday, Nadler called Trump's actions "clearly impeachable" and said he put his private interests ahead of the country's well-being. 

The announcement Tuesday will come one day after Nadler accused Trump of putting "himself before country" at a chaotic hearing kicking off a two-week sprint for Democrats likely to end in the third impeachment of a president in US history.

The hearing was a chance for Democrats to state their case against the President a final time before moving forward with articles of impeachment. Democrats charge that Trump abused his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival while withholding $400 million in US security aide and a one-on-one White House meeting.

They say he obstructed Congress by refusing to provide documents to the committee and instructing officials not to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

CNN contributed to this article

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