House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday— abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — in a push toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security, the Associated Press reports. Voting is expected this week in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House. “He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said of the president. “Our next election is at risk… That is why we must act now.”
The charges unveiled Tuesday stem from Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of political rival Joe Biden as he withheld aid to the country. Trump tweeted ahead of the announcement that impeaching a president with a record like his would be “sheer Political Madness!” The outcome, though, appears set as the House prepares for voting, as it has only three times in history against a president.