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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 2019.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/Getty Images)

"It's On": Pelosi Officially Asks Nadler to Prepare Articles of Impeachment

"The president leaves us no choice but to act."

Eoin Higgins

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared President Donald Trump to a despotic tyrant in a press conference Thursday and announced she has asked House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare articles of impeachment.

"The facts are uncontested," said Pelosi, a California Democrat. "The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security."

Watch Pelosi's announcement:

The House Intelligence Committee released its 300-page report on the president's abuse of power on Tuesday. The document details how Trump used the release of Congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine to pressure that country's leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky, to publicly announce he was investigating Trump's potential 2020 election rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"The president leaves us no choice but to act," said Pelosi.

Pelosi's decision to move forward on impeachment was "a historic announcement that comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone in the Capitol, since this is what the Dems have been moving toward for weeks now," said Politico's Jake Sherman.

"It's on," tweeted New York Times editor Katie Robertson.

As Common Dreams reported, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday with legal experts who argued that Trump's behavior met the standard of impeachment. 

"Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections, not demand it," said Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan. "If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our Republic, President Trump must be held to account."


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Pointing to 'Recently Obtained Evidence,' Jan. 6 Panel Calls Surprise Tuesday Hearing

The announcement came less than a week after the House panel delayed new hearings until next month, citing a "deluge" of fresh evidence.

Common Dreams staff ·


Looming US Supreme Court Climate Decision Could 'Doom' Hope for Livable Future

"The immediate issue is the limits of the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases," said one scientist. "The broader issue is the ability of federal agencies to regulate anything at all."

Jessica Corbett ·


Supreme Court Takes 'Wrecking Ball' to Separation of Church and State With Prayer Ruling

After decades of affirming that prayers led by school officials are unconstitutional, said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, "the court now charts a different path."

Julia Conley ·


Louisiana Judge Blocks State's Post-Roe Abortion Ban

"Abortion care will resume in the state and a hearing has been set for July 8th," said the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Jake Johnson ·


Progressives Launch 'Four More' Campaign to Demand Supreme Court Expansion

"In a true democracy, power rests with the people," one campaigner asserted. "And the only way to take our power back is to take back the court."

Brett Wilkins ·

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