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U.S. Rep. Underwood still undecided on articles of impeachment

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said she has not yet decided whether she supports the two articles of impeachment that her fellow House Democrats have drafted against President Donald Trump.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said she has not yet decided whether she supports the two articles of impeachment that her fellow House Democrats have drafted against President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said she has not yet decided whether she supports the two articles of impeachment that her fellow House Democrats have drafted against President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House Judiciary Committee is discussing how to move forward.

The probe centers on a July call with the president of Ukraine, during which Trump pressed the leader to investigate Democrats and political rival Joe Biden as Trump withheld aid to the country. Trump is alleged to have abused the power of his office by putting personal political gain over national security interests, engaging in bribery by withholding $400 million in military aid Congress had approved for Ukraine and then obstructing Congress by stonewalling the investigation.

“I am in the midst of thoroughly reviewing the articles myself,” Underwood said during a news conference call Thursday. “We learned a lot from the hearings. There’s been a clear pattern of conduct that is troubling, to say the least. The president abused his power when he asked a foreign government to quote, ‘Do him a favor.’ And that undermines our national security and undermines our democracy and sanctity of our elections. Ultimately, nobody is above the law, including the president. Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, has a constitutional duty to thoughtfully investigate, consider the evidence and provide oversight, and I take that duty very seriously.”

According to a transcript of Trump’s September phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump said to him in part, “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.”

In August, Underwood said she supported the impeachment inquiry of Trump. When asked whether she thinks the impeachment process is moving too fast, Underwood said she believes the process has been “thorough and fair.”

“There is obviously a sense of urgency about this work,” Underwood said. “We want to identify all the facts to make sure that this never happens again.”

She noted that several other investigations surrounding Trump continue, including whether he should be forced to turn over his tax returns.

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