House Judiciary Committee Releases Report on Impeachment of Donald Trump

Man in a crowded city street at night holds sign with the top part of Trump's face with a red banner across his mouth that says impeach.The House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary  has released its report on the “Impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States.” In the 600 pages of the report, the Judiciary Committee expounds upon the decision to charge President Trump with two articles of impeachment: abuse of power, and obstruction of Congress. The report also contains the dissenting views of Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, as well as previously-issued reports from the House Intelligence Committee.

With regard to the charge of abuse of power, the report argues that, “[u]sing the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. […] President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process. […] In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the Presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit. He has also betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.”

On the charge of obstruction of Congress, the Judiciary Committee asserts that, “[a]s part of this impeachment inquiry, the Committees undertaking the investigation served subpoenas seeking documents and testimony deemed vital to the inquiry from various Executive Branch agencies and offices, and current and former officials. In response, without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed Executive Branch agencies, offices, and officials not to comply with those subpoenas. President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ vested by the Constitution in the House of Representatives.”

Based on the evidence presented after each of the charges, the Judiciary Committee clearly states that President Trump “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”