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Articles of Impeachment

Listed below are the Articles of Impeachment as filed by the House Judiciary Committee on December 10, 2019. These will be voted on December 12th by the Judiciary Committee in order to determine their inclusion in the final report to the House of Representatives.

Abuse of Power - This is technically the 'quid pro quo' and the utilization of that 'QPQ' in a domestic political matter (the 2020 presidential election).  A quid pro quo in foreign policy by itself is not illegal, wrong nor a violation of any norms.  It is the combination of a quid pro quo to interfere with an U.S. election rather than being a purely foreign policy matter that makes it an abuse of power and therefore an impeachable offense. The withheld foreign military aid to Ukraine was not only cleared by the Department of Defense and the State Department but actually codified into law.  It was apportioned in a spending bill from Congress.  It is alleged that President Trump also violated 2 USC Ch. 17B: Impoundment Control.  This statute prevents the president and the White House from utilizing foreign aid funds in a manner different from that which Congress had originally allocated it for.

Obstruction of Congress - The White House as ordered all employees and cabinets (State Department, Defense Department, etc...) to disobey any subpoenas from Congress. Failure to obey a congressional subpoena is a direct violation of 2 U.S. Code § 192.: Refusal of witness to testify or produce papers. of all the potential Articles of Impeachment, this one may have the strongest grounds as it was one of the primary articles for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

Now that the Articles of Impeachment have been filed, I have hidden the unused potential articles in a spoiler tags.

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Foreign assistance in an election - 52 USC 30121: Contributions and donations by foreign nationals. This law prohibits a foreign person from providing a 'contribution, donation or anything of value' to any federal, state or local election campaign. It also prohibits the solicitation of such which is where it applies to President Donald Trump.  The alleged request by President Trump of Ukraine President Zelenskyy to announce an investigation into a political rival is the potential violation.

Abuse of Power I - This technically the 'quid pro quo' and the utilization of that 'QPQ' in a domestic political matter (the 2020 presidential election).  A quid pro quo in foreign policy by itself is not illegal, wrong nor a violation of any norms.  It is the combination of a quid pro quo to interfere with an U.S. election rather than being a purely foreign policy matter that makes it an abuse of power and therefore an impeachable offense.

Abuse of Power II - The withheld foreign military aid to Ukraine was not only cleared by the Department of Defense and the State Department but actually codified into law.  It was apportioned in a spending bill from Congress.  It is alleged that President Trump also violated 2 USC Ch. 17B: Impoundment Control.  This statute prevents the president and the White House from utilizing foreign aid funds in a manner different from that which Congress had originally allocated it for.

Extortion - Is very similar to Abuse of Power I but it has criminal code statutes to support it. 18 U.S. Code § 872. Extortion by officers or employees of the United States

Emoluments - An emolument is simply a profit from employment.  That in itself is not illegal. However, it is different for those holding government office.  Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution basically makes it illegal to profit from foreign entities as a result of your office.  As it applies here, President Trump uses his real estate hotel and gold properties to host foreign dignitaries....of which he directly profits from. Ukraine President Zelenskyy himself referenced his stay at Trump Tower during the infamous Trump-Zelenskyy phone call on July 25th, 2019.

Coverup I - The transcript of the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call on July 25th, 2019 was archived in a server designed for highly classified material rather than the standard archive for non-classified material.  This restriction reduced the number of people with authorized access to the transcript. It is alleged that doing so was an attempt to cover up the alleged 'quid pro quo' as discussed during the phone call.

Coverup II - The formal complain filed by whistleblower was by law supposed to be sent to Congress.  The Director of National Intelligence, possibly at the direction of President Trump, withheld the whistleblower complaint from Congress.

Obstruction - The White House as ordered all employees and cabinets (State Department, Defense Department, etc...) to disobey any subpoenas from Congress. Failure to obey a congressional subpoena is a direct violation of 2 U.S. Code § 192.: Refusal of witness to testify or produce papers. of all the potential Articles of Impeachment, this one may have the strongest grounds as it was one of the primary articles for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

Witness Intimidation - President Donald Trump on numerous occasions publicly spoke negatively about several of the witnesses that testified and the whistleblower. He also threatened some of them with retaliation and suggested they be charged with treason and should be punished by death.

Last edited by SpokenTruth - on 10 December 2019

Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."