House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today ordered an expedited impeachment suit against President Donald Trump for “abuse of power” for “personal gain,” while he accused her of suffering “a nervous breakdown”.
“Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice,” Pelosi said in a congressionally televised intervention in which he remarked that Trump “abused” his power for “his own personal political benefit at the expense of national security.
Pelosi justified the decision by Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in that country.
In this sense, he affirmed that “the actions of the president have seriously violated the Constitution” and acknowledged that he made the decision with “sadness, humility and respect for the founding fathers of the republic”.
The growing tension between Pelosi and Trump was evident when the Democratic leader abandoned her usual weekly appearance before the media and a reporter asked her if she hated the president and if that was the motive behind the investigation to open a impeachment trial against the president.
Apparently nervous and just a few steps away from the exit door, the Democrat stopped in her tracks, replied that the Democrats do not hate anyone and suddenly returned to the lectern to continue her answer.
“As a Catholic I am offended that I use the word hate in a phrase that refers to me. I don’t hate anyone (…) I always pray for the president, and I keep praying for the president. So don’t play with me when it comes to words like this,” she said visibly annoyed.
Just minutes later, Trump was charging the legislator with asserting that she had suffered “a nervous breakdown” because she did not accept her success in the White House.
“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous breakdown. She hates that we will soon have 182 new judges and more. The stock market and employment have broken records. She says she ‘prays for the president. I don’t believe him, not by a long shot,” he said.
The investigation to open impeachment proceedings against Trump, who has strongly divided a highly polarized public opinion since the president’s arrival in the White House, is already well underway in Congress.
After two weeks of public hearings led by the House Intelligence Committee, charged with finding evidence in Trump’s behavior to initiate an impeachment suit against him, it is now the Judicial Committee’s turn to define whether or not those offenses are sufficient to continue the process.
Once the charges are drafted, and with the approval of this committee, it will be submitted to a vote in the full House of Representatives, where it is expected to go ahead without problems given the comfortable majority of Democrats in the House of 235 vs. 199.
There is no date at the moment for this vote, but it is pointed out as possible that it will take place before the end of the year.
The second chapter of the impeachment trial, which will be the final, will take place in the Senate, where Republicans have a slight majority of 53 against 47 Democrats.
However, the laws require the backing of two-thirds of the Upper House, so it would be necessary to vote in favor of Trump’s dismissal of a score of Republican senators, something highly unlikely.
The current Republican president thus becomes the fourth tenant in the White House to face a political trial, from which Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) and Bill Clinton (1993-2001) emerged victorious at the time, forcing Richard Nixon (1969-1974) to resign before it happened.