Democrats charge President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

Democrats just unveiled two articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

They debated adding a third article of impeachment on obstruction of justice, which would have captured the allegations against Trump that were detailed in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Here’s why the Mueller report allegations aren’t in the articles: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants ultimately decided to keep the articles focused narrowly on Ukraine, out of concern for moderates who only backed an impeachment inquiry once the Ukraine scandal spilled into public view.

But the episodes detailed in the Mueller report are expected to be incorporated into the charges that Democrats are laying out today. In the Judiciary Committee, Democrats expressed Trump’s actions in Ukraine as part of a broader pattern of misconduct that began during the 2016 election and still continues today.

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