IN DEVELOPMENT: Abuse of power and obstruction in Congress are the charges for which the president of the United States is investigated.
This Thursday began the session in the Senate in which the Prosecutors read charges against President Donald Trump who has been sent to trial. Although this reading legally marks the beginning of the impeachment, the trial as such is scheduled for Tuesday.
Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are the charges that weigh against the president. The lower house on Wednesday approved the seven prosecutors who formally delivered the accusation today.
The first charge, of abuse of power, contemplates that “in his conduct as president of the United States. (…) Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency, ”says the document read by Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the Lower House, who will be the chief“ prosecutor ”during the process.
“Using the powers of his senior office, President Trump requested the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the presidential elections of 2020,” the text says.
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The second accusation, of obstruction of Congress, contemplates that “without legal motive or excuse, President Trump has ordered agencies, offices and officials of the Executive arm not to comply with the citations of Congress” to potential witnesses to testify.
“In this way, he has brought the powers of the Presidency against legal subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and has assumed for himself functions and judgments necessary for the exercise of the ‘exclusive power of prosecution’ granted by the Constitution to the Chamber of Representatives Representatives, ”says the text.
After reading, the session was suspended to be resumed in the afternoon, since the process is in the hands of the Senate after this first stage of the trial.
The Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives took the formal charges of the trial establishing the basis for just the third process to dismiss a president in the history of the United States.
The president has denied acting badly and has pointed out the development of the investigation as “a witch’s house”.
The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has begun.
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The symbolic caravan of legislators who will serve as prosecutors in the case against Trump took the House of Representatives process, of a Democratic majority, to the Senate, under Republican control, where the president’s team works on a defense that gets a quick acquittal.
“Today we will make history,” said the president of The House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi while signing the minutes, using several pens that she later delivered to commemorate the event. “This president will have to render accounts.”
Trump “knew everything” about pressure campaign against Ukraine, says Giuliani partner
US President Donald Trump “knew everything” about the efforts orchestrated by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine for partisan purposes, said one of the accused’s partners, Lev Parnas, on Wednesday.
In two interviews with The New York Times and the NBC News, Parnas broke up with Giuliani and said Trump was aware of each of the secret maneuvers they both orchestrated to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the former US vice president. UU., Joe Biden.
“I play all my life that Trump knew exactly everything that was going on about what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine,” Parnas told the Times.
Lev Parnas, of Ukrainian and nationalized American origin, was arrested in October alongside Belarusian Igor Fruman with a one-way ticket to Vienna at Dulles Airport, near Washington DC.
Both were accused by the Prosecutor for the southern district of New York for “participating in a plan to channel foreign money to candidates for federal and state offices so that the defendants could buy potential influence with candidates, campaigns and the governments of the candidates” , something that both have pleaded not guilty.
Now under house arrest waiting for his trial to begin, Parnas assured the Times that he regrets having trusted Giuliani, and that “he believed he was being a patriot and helping the president.”
“He (Trump) was aware of all my movements. I would not have done anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president, ”Parnas told MSNBC.
“Why would members of the inner circle of President (Ukrainian, Volodimir) Zelenski meet with me? They were told to meet with me, ”he added.