While watching the hearing and trials, several people have called in and said, we’d just like to see the Articles of Impeachment and the evidence against each. So we’ve put something together to help you think through those Articles.
What we have also notices is the Senate Trail has gone of on many rabbit trails. However, there are only two articles of impeachment and all information should only pertain to those. Think of it this way, if you go into traffic court for running a stop sign, that court will not in turn start a trial against you because you were speeding away from robbing a bank. You would be held over and tried for that law infraction in a separate trial.
Prosecution is very careful when they are drawing up charges against someone. Sometimes they will charge a lesser charge because the weight of proof for a higher crime is much harder to prove. You can’t just put someone in jail because you KNOW they committed a crime, you have to first PROVE they committed the crime. NO ONE has to prove their innocence. The burden of proof is always PROVING GUILT. This can be very frustrating at times, but it is still the law of the land.
Here is a summary of the Articles of Impeachment, the actual articles can be viewed here.
ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER
Using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his advantage. President Trump also sought to pressure the Government of Ukraine to take these steps by conditioning official United States Government acts of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations. President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process. He thus ignored and injured the interests of the Nation.
ARTICLE II: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS
The House of Representatives has engaged in an impeachment inquiry focused on President Trump’s corrupt solicitation of the Government of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 United States Presidential election. As part of this impeachment inquiry, the Committees undertaking the investigation served subpoenas seeking documents and testimony deemed vital to the inquiry from various Executive Branch agencies and offices, and current and former officials.
In response, without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed Executive Branch agencies, offices, and officials not to comply with those subpoenas. President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the “sole Power of Impeachment” vested by the Constitution in the House of Representatives.
Take a look through these slides and draw your own conclusions on the proof and evidence presented and if it provides proof of guilt against the articles. We provide some questions to help you begin evaluating these on your own. We’ve included our own summary, but we hope you will come to your own conclusions, even if they disagree with our own. The idea is to begin critical thinking of this subject matter outside of media influence.