House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her top lieutenants, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), announced on Tuesday that articles of impeachment had been drafted against President Donald Trump.
But in a shock last-minute reversal, Pelosi’s Democrats abandoned a number of supposedly impeachable offenses that many had been clamoring to lodge against the president, such as “bribery,” “obstruction of justice” in the Mueller investigation, and “treason.”
Two articles of impeachment
The final nine-page resolution included just two articles of impeachment which were more narrowly focused on the contrived Ukraine controversy.
Specifically, on President Trump’s temporary withholding of military aid and a White House visit in exchange for requested investigations from Ukraine, as well as his refusal to cooperate with the Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry.
Those complaints from Democrats were condensed into two purported impeachable offenses, each given its own separate article, “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”
Other charges not included
Notably absent from the impeachment articles was any mention of “bribery,” the carefully poll-tested term that Democrats bandied about throughout much of the impeachment inquiry, Breitbart reported.
Earlier in the inquiry, the supposed aid-for-investigations “quid pro quo” was said by many, including Schiff, to have clearly constituted an impeachable instance of bribery.
Speaking of Russia, there were no articles related to alleged Russian collusion, nor were there any articles related to Trump’s purported “obstruction of justice” regarding his level of cooperation with the Mueller investigation.
What about emoluments, “racism” and mean tweets?
“Witness intimidation” was also not included in the articles of impeachment, though it was something the president had been accused of due to his critical tweets about certain officials who testified during the impeachment inquiry.
Also cut were purported impeachable offenses like violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, alleged bigotry and racism, or his “mean” tweets, all of which have infuriated Democrats at various points in Trump’s presidency.
It appears that, for what it’s worth, Pelosi, Nadler, and Schiff decided to keep the articles of impeachment short and to the point, rather than make it a grab-bag of leftist complaints. How that works out for them in terms of placating their partisan base and bringing together enough votes for passage remains to be seen.