Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will move forward with impeaching President Trump, and are pursuing his removal from office.
"The president's actions have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said in a televised address against a backdrop of American flags. "Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act."
On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee had its first hearing to look into whether the evidence accrued by the weeks-long investigation of the Intelligence Committee is worthy of impeachment.
"Today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment," she said.
Pelosi argues that Trump abused the power of his office and that he undermined U.S. national security trying to encourage a foreign power interference in U.S. elections.
"The facts are uncontested: the president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security," she said.
"If we allow a president to be above the law, we do so surely at the peril of our republic," Pelosi said. "In America, no one is above the law."
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement slamming Pelosi and the Dems over the decision to move ahead.
"Democrats in Congress have clearly abused their power. Democrats in Congress have lied to the American people. Democrats in Congress have made a mockery of the law, Grisham said.
"How many Democrats will join her driving right off the cliff with this illegitimate impeachment hoax?" she continued.
Could Trump really be removed for office before the 2020 elections, or is it all much ado about nothing?