Pelosi OKs drafting of impeachment articles against Trump

Democrats are charging toward a Christmastime vote.

Associated Press
December 05, 2019 - 8:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

"Our democracy is what is at stake," Pelosi said. "The president leaves us no choice but to act.''

Pelosi delivered the historic announcement as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly by Christmas.

On Wednesday, Pelosi met behind closed doors with her Democratic caucus, asking, ``Are you ready?``

The answer was a resounding yes, according to those in the room.

Democrats are charging toward a Christmastime vote on removing the 45th president, a situation Pelosi hoped to avoid but which now seems inevitable. She is to make a public statement on impeachment at 9 a.m.

The Democratic leader drew from the constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers. She made the morning statement from the speaker's offices at the Capitol, the same location where she declared the formal launch of the House investigation into Trump's actions toward Ukraine.