Democrats Kick Off Next Phase of Impeachment Probe

Democrats in Congress will begin proceedings on Wednesday that are widely expected to end in impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, a day after they accused him of abusing his office in a bid to secure his re-election in 2020.

After more than two months of investigation, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine whether Trump’s alleged misdeeds in his dealings with Ukraine qualify as the “high crimes and misdemeanors” punishable by impeachment under the Constitution.

The panel could move quickly in the coming weeks to recommend charges known as articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up a possible impeachment vote by the full Democrat-controlled House before Christmas, followed by a trial in the Senate in January.

Republicans, who control the Senate, have shown little appetite for removing Trump from office.

Democrats, who need to make their case to an American public that polls show to be bitterly divided on the issue, concluded in a 300-page report by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that Trump solicited Ukraine to undertake investigations that would benefit him politically.

He also undermined national security and orchestrated an unprecedented effort to obstruct Congress, the report by the Democrat-led committee charged.

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