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Politics Trump slams 'flimsy, pathetic, ridiculous articles of impeachment'

05:30  11 december  2019
05:30  11 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

'A Few' Senate Republicans Believe Trump's Ukraine Actions Are 'Demonstrably Impeachable,' Senator Says

  'A Few' Senate Republicans Believe Trump's Ukraine Actions Are 'Demonstrably Impeachable,' Senator Says "I think a full blown defense that says 'this is a hoax' and 'there's absolutely nothing to it,' will be difficult for them to sustain," Senator Chris Coons said.Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, made the remarks during a Thursday interview with CNN, in which he discussed how a Senate trial of the president could play out. The congressman noted that Republicans will have significant control over how the proceedings move forward, as the upper chamber of Congress is currently controlled by a GOP majority.

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, declaring that he “abused the powers of the Presidency” and sought to cover up his misdeeds by obstructing a congressional investigation into his dealings with Ukraine.

The articles of impeachment are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment proceedings hinge on allegations that Trump abused his power as president by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.

HERSHEY, Pa. — President Donald Trump bashed the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday just hours after House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment, calling them "flimsy, pathetic, ridiculous articles of impeachment."

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"They are now admitting that there was no collusion, no obstruction of justice, there are no crimes," Trump told a crowd of thousands of supporters at the Giant Center. "They are impeaching me and there are no crimes, this has to be a first."

The two articles of impeachment announced on Tuesday charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote to pass the articles before leaving for the holiday recess, which would make Trump the third president in American history to be impeached.

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  Trump's approval dips among independent voters amid impeachment President Trump’s approval rating dipped among independent voters as Democrats move forward on impeachment, according to the latest Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday. © Greg Nash Trump's approval dips among independent voters amid impeachment The survey shows 39 percent of independent voters approve of Trump's job performance, while 56 percent said they disapprove.© Provided by The Hill The new approval rating among independent voters is down from 44 percent in early November.Trump's job approval rating also saw a dip among Republican voters, dropping 3 points to 85 percent compared to the previous poll.

Trump -- who will be only the third US president to be impeached if the full House of Representatives backs the charges -- also renewed his familiar claim Grisham also called the impeachment articles a "partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of

President Trump gave an at times campaign-style speech during a shale conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The president slammed Democrats over the

"People are saying 'there's not even a crime, what happened?'" Trump said. "This is the lightest, weakest impeachment."

Less than an hour after Democrats unveiled the articles of impeachment Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that the party was ready to move forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an updated version of the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

For months, Trump has criticized Pelosi and Democrats, saying they had allowed their interest in impeachment to distract from important legislative issues such as passing the updated trade deal.

"I am thrilled to report that we are on the verge of ending the NAFTA catastrophe once and for all," Trump said here Tuesday night, arguing that the timing of Pelosi's announcement was not a coincidence.

Trump blasts 'impeachment lite' as House Judiciary Committee considers articles

  Trump blasts 'impeachment lite' as House Judiciary Committee considers articles President Donald Trump has criticized the articles of impeachment as "flimsy" as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to consider the charges Wednesday evening. “This is the lightest, weakest impeachment -- you know, our country has had, actually, many impeachments,” Trump told a rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Tuesday night. “Everybody said this is impeachment-lite. This is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country by far. It's not even like an impeachment.

Calling the articles of impeachment “ flimsy , pathetic , ridiculous ,” Trump dismissed the inquiry against him as the “ impeachment crap,” and said that any Democrat who votes for it would be sacrificing not just their House majority but their dignity.

The articles represent the culmination of months of investigation in the House into Trump 's dealings with Ukraine. The probe, with which the Trump administration refused to cooperate in The president has also been highly critical of the impeachment process, repeatedly accusing Democrats of treating

"It [the USMCA announcement] plays down the impeachment because they are embarrassed about impeachment. And our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment," Trump said, calling the USMCA deal the "silver lining" of the "witch hunt."

Trump also addressed the long-awaited report by the Justice Department Inspector General released on Monday that said the decision to launch an FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election was justified, though the bureau mishandled parts of its application to monitor a Trump campaign aide as part of the probe.

The overall finding did not alter the president's usual tone on the investigation, which he painted as as politically biased plot against him as he said the report detailed "abuses of power" by "anti-Trump" individuals, saying it included evidence that the lives of "great people" were "destroyed by scum."

'Disgusted.' Trump rails against Democrats after House committee approves impeachment articles

  'Disgusted.' Trump rails against Democrats after House committee approves impeachment articles President Trump lashed out at Democrats less than an hour after the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against him. "It's a scam," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "The people are disgusted."Trump accused Democrats of "trivializing impeachment."Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.The House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment against Trump in back-to-back votes Friday morning.

US President Donald Trump is facing two articles of impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. If Trump is impeached he will face a trial in the Senate, where Republicans currently hold 53 seats to the Democrats' 47.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler announces two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump : abuse of power and obstructing the efforts of 00:00Today in service to our duty to the constitution and to our country. The House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of

Trump also mocked former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, frequent targets of the president's, baselessly claiming that Page filed a restraining order against Strzok.

"Did I hear they needed a restraining order after this whole thing to keep him away from Lisa?," Trump said, adding "I don't know if it's true."

Earlier Tuesday, Page announced that she was suing the Justice Department and FBI for allegedly illegally leaking her personal messages with Strzok in violation of her privacy and making her a public target of the president's.

Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point, or 44,292 votes. The state will be critical to his re-election in 2020, but recreating his 2016 success will not be easy. Recent Pennsylvania polls of registered voters in the state suggest Trump is trailing leading 2020 Democratic candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Trump's campaign and his allies have insisted that impeachment will not jeopardize his re-election chances, but help solidify his base and motivate them to turn out.

One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment

  One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment Eight other lawmakers in competitive districts are currently on the fence ahead of the full House vote, according to an NBC News tally.An NBC News survey of more than 40 vulnerable House Democrats found only Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who represents the southern tip of the state, plans to vote against the articles of impeachment.

The articles focus on abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The president called impeachment “Political Madness.” Impeachment live updates: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump ; White House predicts ‘full exoneration’ in GOP-led Senate.

Speaker Pelosi announced formal articles of impeachment against Trump Charges focus on the abuse of power and obstruction of justice Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats announced two charges against Donald Trump on Tuesday

Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said that Trump's supporters in the state agree with his take on the impeachment process, and that Trump's job will be to get them excited to show up to vote for him again.

"Trump's hope is to generate more enthusiasm among his core supporters. I think they will hang in with him, as they have nationally. It's not about holding their support, but about generating excitement and enthusiasm," Madonna said in an email to NBC News.

For some of Trump's supporters here Tuesday night, the impeachment inquiry was doing the trick.

"The Democratic Party, in my opinion, is anti-American. I'm sorry, but it is true when all they want to do is impeach him," said Kevin Andrews, a retired health care worker from the area.

"I think the Democrats need to do their job and leave him alone," said Patricia Wolfe of Pennsylvania. "The way they don't respect the president is unpatriotic."

U.S. House begins voting on articles of impeachment against Trump .
USA-TRUMP/IMPEACHMENT-START (URGENT):U.S. House begins voting on articles of impeachment against TrumpThe first vote, scheduled to last 15 minutes, is on abuse of power. Once that concludes, the House will hold a five-minute vote on obstruction of Congress.

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