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Politics Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Republicans Try to Kill the Abuse of Power Charge vs. Trump

18:50  12 december  2019
18:50  12 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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Republicans sought to kill the charges.

Zoe Lofgren et al. sitting at a table: Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat of Pennsylvania, looked on during the Judiciary Committee’s markup of the articles of impeachment against President Trump.© Erin Schaff/The New York Times Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat of Pennsylvania, looked on during the Judiciary Committee’s markup of the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee moved quickly to try to kill the articles of impeachment against President Trump as the markup got underway, condemning the process as unfair to the president.

Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, offered the first amendment of the day, seeking to strike Article I, which accuses the president of abuse of power. Mr. Jordan said his amendment “strikes Article I, because Article I ignores the truth.”

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Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of “In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the presidency by ignoring and injuring national The impeachment effort would also face an uphill battle in the Republican -controlled Senate, where

Democrats launched impeachment proceedings on the back of whistleblower claims that Trump had tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open a corruption probe into a gas company employing former VP Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. They claim that Trump offered Zelensky a

Lawmakers engaged in heated debate, which Republicans used as a chance to denounce the process and to try to undermine the Democratic case against the president.

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“It’s obvious to all of the American public that this is a railroad job,” said Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, one of the most senior Republicans on the panel, as he argued on behalf of Mr. Jordan’s amendment. “The facts speak for themselves. There was no impeachable offense here.”

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas, urged her colleagues to turn back the Republican effort, insisting that “the president abused his power and is a continuing threat, not only to democracy but also to our security.”

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Trump is being impeached over his attempts to have Ukraine investigate a political rival, Joe Biden, and a conspiracy theory about Ukrainian intervention in the 2016 US election The obstruction charge relates to the White House’s refusal to let senior aides to Trump testify to the impeachment inquiry.

Republicans may use the meeting on Wednesday — called a “markup” because it is a chance for lawmakers to edit the impeachment articles — as a chance to try Thursday’s session will begin with a committee clerk reading the articles aloud. The first article, abuse of power , accused Mr. Trump of

Mr. Jordan’s amendment, and others that Republicans plan to offer, are all but certain to be rejected on party-line votes by the committee, which is heavily skewed in favor of Democrats. But such changes are intended to show Mr. Trump — who has watched hours of the impeachment hearings — and Republican voters that they are fighting back against attempts to impeach the president next week.

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the panel, pushed to end consideration of the articles entirely, arguing that Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the committee, and other Democrats had violated the committee’s rules by refusing to allow a public hearing for witnesses requested by the minority. But the chairman ruled against his motion, quickly gaveling it down.

Trump blasted Democrats as liars as he watched the debate.

The president took to Twitter to accuse two Democratic lawmakers of lying during Thursday’s debate, making it clear that he is watching closely as the Judiciary Committee considers whether to approve articles of impeachment against him.

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Mr. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, finalizing charges stemming from their two-and-a-half-month inquiry into the president’s and edits to the articles — is their last chance to try to derail the impeachment before the articles are expected to come to the House floor early next week.

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a man in a suit and tie sitting in front of a curtain: Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, right, discussing with committee staff during the markup.© Erin Schaff/The New York Times Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, right, discussing with committee staff during the markup.

In a tweet, he lashed out at Representatives Veronica Escobar and Sheila Jackson Lee, both of Texas, claiming they had misquoted his July 25 call with the president of Ukraine. A rough transcript of the call showed Mr. Trump told President Volodymyr Zelensky, “I want you to do us a favor, though” after the Ukrainian leader asked about purchasing military equipment.

a group of people that are talking on a cell phone: Supporters of President Trump were in the audience.© Pete Marovich for The New York Times Supporters of President Trump were in the audience.

In her comments, Ms. Jackson Lee quoted Mr. Trump almost verbatim, saying “I would like you to do a favor, though.” Ms. Escobar compared the president’s actions to those of a hypothetical governor who has held up aid for a community hit by a natural disaster and then told the mayor in need of the funding, “I want you to do me a favor, though.”

Mr. Trump spent several hours Thursday morning retweeting Republican allies defending him against the impeachment charges. He retweeted Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, who wrote that “despite the swamp media lying constantly, 51% of Americans reject this attempted coup.”

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Democrats and Republicans who squared off at Monday’s impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Democrats appear poised to accuse Mr. Trump of abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to help It is less clear whether Democrats will include charges of obstruction of justice for trying to

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He also recirculated an attack he made Tuesday on Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, appending the comment “very dishonest pols!” to his tweet.

Democrats made a small change to the impeachment articles, allowing them to control the markup process.

Mr. Nadler officially began consideration of the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump by having the panel’s clerk read them into the record. He then offered up a new and slightly different draft, a parliamentary tactic that will allow him to control the markup process throughout the day.

Nancy Pelosi, Bobby Scott are posing for a picture: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sought to maintain party unity.© T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sought to maintain party unity.

Committees usually skip the reading of legislative text, and one Republican on the panel asked to dispense with the step. But Mr. Nadler dismissed the request, saying that the importance of the historic moment at hand called for the nine-page resolution to be read out loud.

“In his conduct of the office of president of the United States — and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed — Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the presidency,” the clerk read.

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By offering up a new draft of the article with a minor change — instead of referring to the president as “Donald J. Trump,” as the original articles of impeachment did, it uses his full middle name, John — Mr. Nadler ensured that he will have maximum control over any further changes that may be proposed.

The debate underscored partisan divisions in the country about whether to impeach the president.

For only the third time in modern history, lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are formally considering articles of impeachment against a sitting president in a debate that underscores the deep divisions in the country.

The process began on Wednesday night, with lawmakers delivering impassioned statements for or against impeaching the president.

On Thursday, Democrats are putting the last touches on articles accusing Mr. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, finalizing charges stemming from their two-and-a-half-month inquiry into what they say was a scheme by the president to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals.

For Republicans, Thursday’s meeting — called a “markup” because it gives members the opportunity to offer amendments and edits to the articles — is their last chance to try to derail the impeachment before the articles are expected to come to the House floor early next week.

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That is unlikely to happen in the committee, which is firmly under the control of Democrats and led by Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York. Both sides expect the committee to vote along party lines by Thursday afternoon to send the articles to the full House.

But the committee debate is certain to be intense as Democrats make their case that Mr. Trump “ignored and injured the interests of the nation” and Republicans angrily accuse the president’s adversaries of waging an unfair assault on the presidency based on insufficient evidence.

The markup is a test of party unity under Pelosi as she seeks to prevent defections by nervous moderates.

The Judiciary Committee’s debate on Thursday is an important test of the party discipline that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sought to maintain since late September, when she announced that the House would begin an impeachment inquiry against Mr. Trump related to the Ukraine matter.

Only two House Democrats voted against formalizing Ms. Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry in a House vote about a month later. It was a demonstration of remarkable unity within the caucus about using one of the gravest remedies in the Constitution to hold the president accountable for his actions.

But some moderate Democrats whose conservative-leaning districts voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 have in the past expressed concerns about impeaching the president.

There is no indication that any of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee intend to break with Ms. Pelosi by voting against sending the articles to the full House. While the markup process allows them to offer amendments, few if any are expected to do anything to substantively change the charges.

Trump lawyers consider adding Alan Dershowitz, the high-profile lawyer, to the president’s legal team.

As impeachment marches forward, Mr. Trump’s lawyers are discussing hiring Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and high-profile lawyer who has frequently defended the president on television, to help with his defense during a trial in the Senate, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Several advisers to the president support making Mr. Dershowitz part of the team of outside lawyers to advise the White House on constitutional issues, they said. But no formal offer has been made to Mr. Dershowitz. Mr. Dershowitz declined to comment.

Catch up on some important background on the impeachment inquiry.

■ Mr. Trump and his advisers repeatedly pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Here’s a timeline of events since January.

■ A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.

■ Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in September that the House would open a formal impeachment proceeding and last week directed Democrats to draft articles of impeachment. Here’s how the impeachment process works, and here’s why political influence in foreign policy matters.

■ House committees have issued subpoenas to the White House, the Defense Department, the budget office and other agencies for documents related to the impeachment investigation. Here’s the evidence that has been collected so far.

■ Read about the Democrats’ rules to govern impeachment proceedings.

How members of Congress voted on Trump's impeachment .
For the third time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to impeach a sitting president.The vote on Article One, abuse of power, was 230-197, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by two Democrats. The vote on Article Two, obstruction of Congress, was 229-198, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by three Democrats.

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