US Lawmakers Charge Trump with Abuse of Office, Obstruction
The impeachment process against the president of the United States took another step forward Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Leading members of the House announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The charges include abuse of office for personal political gain and blocking -- or obstructing -- the congressional impeachment investigation.
The Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives. Trump is a member of the Republican Party.
It was only the fourth time in the 243-year history of the United States that impeachment charges have been brought against a president. None of those earlier actions resulted in a president's removal from office. And Republican lawmakers seem unlikely to support Trump's ouster.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler will head the panel that will first consider the impeachment articles. He said Tuesday that Trump threatened national security and the 2020 election process by withholding military aid to Ukraine. Trump "sees himself as above the law," Nadler added. "He consistently puts himself above the country."
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff led the weeks-long impeachment inquiry. He called the accusations against the U.S. leader "overwhelming and uncontested."
But Trump has said he did nothing wrong, and none of his Republican supporters in Congress has called for his impeachment and removal from office.
Before the articles were announced, Trump criticized the case against him.
"To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country's history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness!" Trump wrote. His message appeared on Twitter.
Trump added that the president and foreign minister of Ukraine "said, many times, that there WAS NO PRESSURE. Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!" he wrote.
Perhaps the most important part of the case against Trump concerns his effort and that of his aides to get Ukraine to investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. At the same time, the president was withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine. The country wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in the country's east.
Nadler said his panel will consider the accusations in the next few days, possibly voting on the articles of impeachment by the end of the week.
That would clear the way for a simple majority vote in the House next week, when Trump is likely to become the third U.S. president to be impeached.
He would then stand trial in the Republican-majority Senate in January.
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1.removal from office 下台
Administrative sanctions include a warning, record of demerit, record of a major demerit, demotion, removal from office, discharge, etc.
2.military aid 军事援助
They have been supplying covert military aid to the rebels.
3.personal gain 私利
He only seems to be interested in personal gain.
4.stand trial for 因...受审
Hendricks is due to stand trial for manslaughter.
5.The impeachment process against the president of the United States took another step forward Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
take a step forward 向前一步
To graduate means to take a step forward, to move onward.
I was hoping we might both of us take a step forward and meet halfway.
6.At the same time, the president was withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine.
At the same time 同时
Are these people using gear and amphetamines at the same time?
It's impossible to get everybody together at the same time.
众议院领导层宣布了针对特朗普总统的两项弹劾条款 。这些指控包括滥用职权谋取个人政治利益以及阻止、妨碍国会的弹劾调查 。
民主党控制着众议院 。特朗普是共和党成员 。
这是美国243年的历史上第4次对总统提出弹劾指控 。早前的弹劾行动没有导致任何总统下台 。而且共和党议员似乎也不太可能支持让特朗普下台 。
众议院司法委员会主席杰洛德·纳德勒将领导首先审核弹劾条款的小组 。他周二表示，特朗普通过扣押对乌克兰的军事援助，威胁了国家安全和2020年的选举进程 。纳德勒补充说，特朗普“认为自己凌驾于法律之上，他一贯将自己置于国家之上 。”
众议院情报委员会主席亚当·希夫领导了长达数周的弹劾调查 。他称，对特朗普的指控是“压倒性且无可争议的 。”
但是特朗普表示他没有做错任何事情 。他在国会中的共和党支持者也没有呼吁弹劾特朗普并赶他下台 。
或许针对特朗普弹劾案最重要的部分是特朗普及其助手推动乌克兰调查前副总统拜登的努力 。与此同时，特朗普总统扣押了对乌克兰3.91亿美元的军事援助 。该国希望协助打击该国东部的亲俄罗斯分裂分子 。