House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday

House Democrats are expected to unveil articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE during a Tuesday morning press conference, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBy questioning Barr, Democrats unmasked their policy of betrayal Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' Apple posts blowout third quarter MORE (D-N.Y.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.), and other relevant committee chairs are expected to make the announcement, the timing of which is a sign that Democrats plan to stay on track with their fast-charging goal of wrapping up the impeachment inquiry into Trump's contacts with Ukraine ahead of the holiday season.

Two sources said Democrats are expected to introduce two articles of impeachment. One of the sources, a senior Democratic aide, said they will be obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The aide noted, however, that Democrats have not fully closed the door on a third article.
 
Multiple sources also told The Hill they believe the markup of the articles will take place either Wednesday or Thursday, though they noted that the precise time has not been confirmed. 

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineNew report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium Five takeaways from Big Tech's blowout earnings What factors will shape Big Tech regulation? MORE (D-R.I.) told reporters Monday evening that Democrats are "going to work through the night" to determine the exact articles they expect to introduce, though they have been heavily indicating the rough outlines of what they believe are impeachable offenses.

ADVERTISEMENT

Last week, Democrats heard from three constitutional scholars who said they believed Trump committed three impeachable offenses: Abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of justice, and obstruction of Congress.  

Nadler was tight-lipped after leaving a meeting in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE's (D-Calif.) office ahead of the gathering with members of his panel and declined to comment on how the articles of impeachment would take shape. 

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelEngel: IG report shows Pompeo's 'sham' use of emergency declaration in arms sales Overnight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Bowman pauses endorsement of Alex Morse after allegations of inappropriate sexual relations MORE (D-N.Y.) also declined to say what the announcement would be, but he assumed a more somber tone that suggested serious next steps. 

"I think that a lot of us believe that what happened with Ukraine especially is not something that we can just close our eyes to," Engel said as he left Pelosi's office. "This is not a happy day."

News that impeachment articles are imminent comes on the same day that Democrats and Republicans dueled over the propriety of Trump's contacts with Kyiv.

Democrats allege that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to commit to opening two investigations that would benefit him politically, including into 2020 political rival former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE. They also say the president withheld the promise of a White House meeting and nearly $400 million in U.S. aid as leverage, all while Trump officials repeated the requests in meetings with Zelensky representatives.

Scott Wong, Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis contributed.