Democrats Charge Trump With Abuse of Power, Obstruction Of Congress In Impeachment Articles

Before he left New York City, Trump reportedly ranted about the situation when he met with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and members of her staff at The Intercontinental Hotel in Manhattan.
Pool

Democrats in the House of Representatives announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Tuesday: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

Democratic committee chairmen formally unveiled the articles during a press conference. It's the latest step in the impeachment inquiry that centers around Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

The impeachment inquiry began after a whistleblower came forward alleging that Trump withheld $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine and a meeting at the White House with the country's president in exchange for an investigation into Vice President Joe Biden and his son's business dealings in Ukraine. That's the foundation of the abuse of power article. 

The obstruction of Congress article deals with the Trump administration's decision to block key figures from the executive branch from testifying and refusing to release documents as part of the inquiry. 

Trump has denied all wrongdoing and House Republicans have made it clear they oppose impeachment. 

The House Judiciary Committee could consider the articles of impeachment as early as this week, and the entire House of Representatives could vote on them as early as next week. 

RELATED STORIES

What Is the Next Step in the Impeachment on Trump?

Former Trump Executive Says Impeachment Threat 'Is Scaring Him'

Is Trump Recording Oval Office Visitors? Speculation Grows as Impeachment Talk Swirls