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Impeachment Articles Are Necessary, Justified

Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen

Note: Today, U.S. House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

These articles cut right to the core of the high crimes and misdemeanors that make this impeachment completely justified.

Trump straightforwardly used his public office to obtain a personal benefit, ignoring national interest when he pressured Ukraine to interfere in our next presidential election. He then loudly declared himself above the law and the power of impeachment with unprecedented obstruction of Congress as lawmakers sought to investigate this malfeasance.

As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) stated, “Not impeaching Trump would make us ‘complicit in the president’s abuse of his high office.’” Public Citizen agrees and applauds today’s step.