House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
House Democrats announced on Tuesday that they would move ahead this week with two articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, as they accused him of violating the Constitution by pressure Ukraine for help in the 2020 election. Speaking from a wood-paneled reception room just off the floor of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders of six key committees said that Mr. Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, and his efforts to block Congress’s attempt to investigate, had left them no choice but to pursue one of the Constitution’s gravest remedies.
WASHINGTON — A day after voting along mostly party lines to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced some uncertainty to the future timeline of the impeachment process.
Speaking at a press conference following the House's vote on Wednesday evening, Pelosi seemed to suggest managers would not be named until Senate Republicans agreed to a “fair” process — which could result in a delay in the transmission of articles of impeachment to the Senate.
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After the passage of impeachment articles, the House has to pass a separate resolution naming managers for impeachment in the Senate.
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“We cannot name managers until we figure out what the process is on the Senate side,” Pelosi said. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”
Trump on brink of impeachment as House readies historic vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House. Trump, who would be just the third U.S. president to be impeached, on Tuesday fired off a furious letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, but he also acknowledged he was powerless to stop the expected outcome.
The Senate has not yet announced its procedures for a trial.
Asked what she considered a fair trial, Pelosi cited Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that he was “not an impartial juror” as an example of an unfair trial.
Pelosi also met with committee chairs who had led the impeachment inquiry following the press conference.
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wields following the House of Representatives voting on the first of two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing the president of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, inside the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Dec. 18, after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstructing Congress. With her are from left are, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by clockwise from right, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks in a private room just off the House floor after the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, on Dec. 18, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Votes of Representatives are pictured on a screen as US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump as the House votes at the US Capitol on Dec. 18.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks as the House of Representatives debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 18, 2019.
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If the House votes to impeach Trump, the Senate would hold a trial, expected in January. If convicted, Trump would be removed from office.The House will debate the articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – for six hours and then vote separately on each of them, under parameters that the House Rules Committee recommended Tuesday. The rules for floor debate must still be adopted by the full House after an hour of debate Wednesday morning. If the House approves the articles, lawmakers will immediately take up a resolution naming managers who will serve essentially as prosecutors in the Senate trial, which is expected to begin in January.
President Donald Trump leaves the White House for a campaign trip to Battle Creek, Mich., on Dec. 18, in Washington. Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., points to a poster as she speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol on Dec. 18 in Washington.
Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, and Bryan Steil, R-Wis., are seen in Cannon tunnel en route to the Capitol before procedural votes related to the articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 18.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., makes a motion for the House to adjourn as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment on Dec. 18. At left is Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., and at right is Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, holds a press conference at the US Capitol on Dec. 17 in Washington. Democrats and Republicans closed ranks Tuesday a day ahead of the expected impeachment of US President Donald Trump, underscoring the country's deep political divide over charges that the US leader abused his power.
House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., right, and ranking member Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., during a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 17 in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., left, and House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., speak during a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 17 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Javier Gamboa, left, and other top aides to New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a House Democrat who plans to switch to the Republican Party, leave their office after turning in letters of resignation on Dec. 16. Van Drew has said he plans to vote this week against impeaching President Donald Trump, which puts him at odds with nearly every other House Democrat. The freshman represents a southern New Jersey district that Trump carried in 2016 and was expected to face a difficult reelection next year.
The vote count sits on a desk at the House Judiciary Committee as members voted on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C,, on Dec. 13.
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz speaks to the press after the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.
Republican Representatives Steve Chabot, Louie Gohmert and Jim Jordan await the start of the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution as she votes on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Dec. 13, in the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A poster is displayed on the Republican side before the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 13, in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Reps' Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Ken Buck (R-CO) listen in front of signage placed by Republican committee staff as the House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 12.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee holds a copy of the Constitution as she speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Longworth House Office Building on Dec. 12, in Washington, DC.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (R) talks with staff during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12, in Washington, DC.
Copy of the Articles of Impeachment, Dec. 10 in Washington. House Democrats announced they are pushing ahead with two articles of impeachment against President Trump - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - charging he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine.
Stephen Castor, Minority Counsel for House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, prepares to testify as the House Judiciary Committee receives presentations of evidence in the impeachment inquiry on Dec. 9.
Stephen Castor, Minority Counsel for House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, prepares to testify during the hearing on Dec. 9.
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Donald Trump is set to become the first president to be impeached and go on to pursue a second term after Wednesday's vote in the U.S. House. But the aftermath of the historic congressional rebuke may ultimately bear a bigger impact on the immediate state of the Democratic primary than a general election that's more than 10 months away.WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is set to become the first president to be impeached and go on to pursue a second term after Wednesday’s vote in the U.S. House.
The 300 page Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report is seen after being released by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 3 in Washington. The House released a sweeping impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine. The findings will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th President should be removed from office.
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Leaving the meeting, Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., told reporters, “It’s hard to appoint managers if you don’t know what the plan is going to be.”
Pelosi declined to comment as she left the Capitol, telling reporters, “Good night.”
McConnell will speak on the Senate floor about what he denounced as the "precedent-breaking impeachment of the President of the United States" in a tweet.
Josh Holmes, a former top aide to McConnell, said in a tweet that Democrats' strategy was the equivalent of "holding a grenade with the pin pulled rather than facing what happens when they send it over McConnell’s wall."
Folks, this might be the greatest compliment McConnell has ever received. They are seriously entertaining holding a grenade with the pin pulled rather than facing what happens when they send it over McConnell’s wall. https://t.co/OeD5JzsvwS
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 19, 2019
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Impeachment live updates: McConnell, Pelosi dig in on impasse over Trump’s Senate trial .
The Senate majority leader said it was “absurd” for Pelosi not send articles of impeachment to his chamber. Pelosi said the House needs to know more about what a trial will look like.President Donald Trump leaves the White House for a campaign trip to Battle Creek, Mich., on Dec. 18, in Washington. Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House.
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