The House will vote on whether to impeach President Trump on the grounds that he has allegedly committed two offenses that meet the bar for top crimes and misdemeanors set by the Constitution: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The first article charges Mr. Trump with abusing the power of his office by asking Ukraine to announce investigations into a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into “a discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine—rather than Russia—interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential election.” It additionally says that Mr. Trump made $391 million in aid to Ukraine and a sought-after White House meeting contingent on the announcement of those investigations. Mr. Trump denies having conditioned the aid or a meeting on the investigations.
Once revelations of his actions turned public, Mr. Trump launched the aid, but openly and corruptly urged Ukraine to undertake investigations for his private, political benefit, the article charges.
The second article charges Mr. Trump with obstructing Congress by directing the White House, the State Department, and other parts of the executive branch to disregard subpoenas for documents, and by holding 9 officials from testifying within the House impeachment inquiry. The White House has stated Mr. Trump was protecting executive branch authority by withholding documents and his aides’ testimony.
The obstruction article says that within the history of the republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry, or sought to obstruct the House so clearly from investigating high crimes and misdemeanors.
The resolution says that Mr. Trump will stay a threat to the Constitution if allowed to stay in office, and that he must be removed and disqualified to hold any office in the future.