President Donald Trump committed multiple federal crimes, including criminal bribery and wire fraud, the House Judiciary Committee alleges in a report that will accompany articles of impeachment this week, Politico reported Monday.
The 169-page report makes the case for Trump’s removal from office and contends that Trump committed “multiple federal crimes” listed under the broad umbrella of “abuse of power,” the first article of impeachment against the president.
Democrats argue that “although President Trump’s actions need not rise to the level of a criminal violation to justify impeachment, his conduct here was criminal,” while labeling Trump’s behavior “criminal in character” and contending that the president “betrayed the people of this nation” and should be removed from office.
The report, which was filed to the House Rules Committee just after midnight Monday, argues that Trump directed a months-long scheme to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election, the allegation that forms the core of the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — approved by the Judiciary Committee last week. Democrats emphasized that proving a criminal violation is not required to justify impeachment.
“The Framers were not fools. They authorized impeachment for a reason, and that reason would have been gutted if impeachment were limited to crimes,” the report states.
The Judiciary Committee’s report presents the panel’s most thorough analysis yet of why Democrats believe the accusations against Trump are worthy of immediate impeachment and a recommendation that the Senate remove Trump from office. It comes a day before the Rules Committee formally considers the articles of impeachment, ahead of a likely Wednesday vote on the House floor.