Democrats take big new step toward impeaching President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House is taking a big, new step toward impeaching President Donald Trump.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will draft formal articles of impeachment accusing President Trump of abusing the powers of his office to advance his own political gain. A vote in the full House could come before Christmas, sending the issue to the Senate.

President Trump tweeted that if the House Democrats are going to impeach him, he wants them to "do it now, fast"' so he can get on to the Senate trial.

Pelosi declared that the case is all about Russia, which benefited most from President Trump's actions toward Ukraine.

Reaction for Wisconsin lawmakers

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D)

"The public hearings into the impeachment inquiry have allowed Americans to hear from courageous public servants and career-long diplomats. Each of these selfless Americans reaffirmed that what Trump did was plain wrong and refutes the shifting justifications that the White House and its allies have offered regarding him asking Ukraine’s president 'to do me a favor.'

"Additionally, throughout each of the hearings, the facts have not changed. Trump engaged in an unprecedented abuse of power for personal political gain, at the expense of our national security and the integrity of our elections. The House is moving forward with articles of impeachment because these heinous actions threaten our democracy. No one is above the law, not even the President."

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D)

“If the House votes to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, then every Senator will take an oath to do impartial justice. I take that oath seriously and my judgment will be guided by my responsibility to support and defend the Constitution.”

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R) - audio clip