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Politics House set to vote on Trump impeachment procedures

11:30  31 october  2019
11:30  31 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The House is set to vote Thursday morning on how to proceed with its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — a move that will put lawmakers on record about where they stand and that Republicans are decrying as a sham. Debate on the procedures — which include beginning public hearings and the release of some of the information gathered in the ongoing inquiry over the last few weeks — is expected to begin around 9 am, ET. All House Republican are expected to oppose the resolution, as may a handful of Democrats who are not on board with the impeach inquiry.

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The House is set to vote Thursday morning on how to proceed with its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — a move that will put lawmakers on record about where they stand and that Republicans are decrying as a sham.

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Debate on the procedures — which include beginning public hearings and the release of some of the information gathered in the ongoing inquiry over the last few weeks — is expected to begin around 9 am, ET.

All House Republican are expected to oppose the resolution, as may a handful of Democrats who are not on board with the impeach inquiry.

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House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump , House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats on a caucus call Monday, setting up an impeachment vote one week after rioters incited by Trump overran Capitol police and breached some of the most secure areas of the US Capitol.

The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in a swift and bipartisan condemnation of the President's role inciting last week's riot at the US Capitol. The division within the Republican Party starkly contrasts the House Democrats' 2019 impeachment of Trump , when House Republicans were united in opposition. The Republicans besides Cheney voting to impeach Trump on Wednesday were Reps. John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Peter Meijer

Democrats have set aside one hour for debate on the resolution — 30 minutes for Democrats, 30 minutes for Republicans. If it goes according to schedule, the vote could be completed before noon, but if the GOP minority makes use of parliamentary delaying tactics, the process could take a lot longer.

Thursday's vote outlines what Democrats are describing as the next phase in the impeachment inquiry. It establishes ground rules for open hearings and gives the ranking Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the ability to issue subpoenas — if committee chair, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., agrees.

It also calls for making public the witness depositions that have been done to date, and would allow the president or his counsel to participate in proceedings held by the House Judiciary Committee, which has the authority to advance articles of impeachment.

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Live blog of the impeachment against President Donald Trump , with two articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — set to be sent to the Senate by the House . The Senate voted in early February to acquit the president on both charges. Trump 's impeachment followed weeks of testimony related to his efforts to press Ukraine for investigations into Democratic rivals and hours of fiery debate over the process . Trump is only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached .

The House of Representatives is voting to impeach Donald Trump for a history-making second time, after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol the same day he called for them to join him in fighting against the results of the November election he lost. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said earlier he expected it would be delivered soon, triggering a process that risks disrupting Joe Biden’s plans for a rapid start to his presidency. The vote on the impeachment resolution comes after two hours of debate.

But if the president "refuses to cooperate" with congressional requests, "the Chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies, including by denying specific requests by the President or his counsel," the resolution says.

Republicans have decried Democrats' handling of the probe since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced in late September that the House was moving forward "with an official impeachment inquiry."

Pelosi said the inquiry was necessary after Trump acknowledged he'd asked Ukraine's president to investigate Trump rival Joe Biden and his son.

Republicans contend Pelosi didn't follow proper procedure because the House hadn't vote to formally proceed with the impeachment inquiry, as it had in the past. Democrats — and a federal judge — said that's not accurate.

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House Democrats have released a resolution outlining the sequence of impeachment procedures , and hope to silence Republicans’ complaints that the process is unfair, secretive, or straight-up illegal, by subjecting it to a vote . The resolution, released on Tuesday, authorizes members of both But even after the vote was announced, some Republicans remained dissatisfied. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) pointed out that the Democrats had already been conducting impeachment proceedings in secret for five weeks, with most in the House barred from cross-examining or even

House Democrats voted Dec. 18 to impeach Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both related to his efforts to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announce probes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a debunked But McConnell, R-Ky., made no concessions to the Democrats, and rejected their requests to approve witnesses before the trial was set to start. "This was a sham impeachment from the beginning and never anything more than Democrats trying to interfere in an election that is now less than ten months away," Trump

"Even in cases of presidential impeachment, a House resolution has never, in fact, been required to begin an impeachment inquiry," Washington, D.C., federal court Judge Beryl Howell wrote in a ruling on the issue last week.

But citing that lack of a vote, the White House vowed not to cooperate with the inquiry. Republican leadership has complained that witnesses were being questioned behind closed doors, and that the president was being deprived of "due process."

Democrats said the questioning was being done in private in an effort to stop witnesses from tailoring their testimony to fit others' accounts. Legal experts have compared the House's role in the process as a grand jury, and noted if the House votes on articles of impeachment, the Senate will have a trial on the charges where the president is entitled to a full defense.

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