Lawmakers debate impeachment ahead of committee vote on articles

Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of justice

Trump impeachment: Democrats introduce two formal charges

Tribe reiterated his call to impeach in a November op-ed for Newsweek in which he referred to Trump as America's "anti-president", an embodiment of the "demagogue" whom Alexander Hamilton predicted would one day require impeachment to be removed from office.

Pelosi signaled that Democrats should support the articles and vote to send them to the Senate for trial and suggested House passage of the impeachment articles is all but guaranteed.

"They're an affront to Viola Liuzzo, a mother of five who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan while she was in Alabama to participate in the Selma to Montgomery march, and they're an affront to the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who championed the Voting Rights Act of 1965", he added.

"Things will come out for as long as he's president and after he's president". "I do not ask anybody what their vote is", she said. "All of those things can still be subject for hearings and possible- if there is something that comes out that's impeachable, that doesn't mean you can't have another impeachment", he told CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

Donald Trump is accused of abusing his power by trying to force Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, the former vice-president and leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump next year.

"I didn't call for impeachment when the president shut down our government or tried to rip health care from those with preexisting conditions or embarrassed us on the world stage or pardoned political cronies", he said.

House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment.

"While I didn't vote for President Trump, I respect the office that he holds", Johnson said.

"I am ready to go", Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday on Fox News. "It is to protect Americans from a president who abused his power, upend the constitutional order and threatened our democracy", said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a staffer for a member of the Judiciary Committee during Watergate and who sat on the committee herself during the Clinton impeachment.

A Trump impeachment would guarantee the president's re-election, according to political expert Jeanne Zaino.

"They don't like us, people who voted for this president".

Clinton faced two articles of impeachment for lying under oath and obstruction of justice, but was cleared and acquitted in the Senate in 1999 when the articles did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority vote from senators for conviction and removal from office.

"People will vote the way they vote", Pelosi said.

Democrats responded that Republicans were ignoring the President's misconduct, continuing the partisan debate over impeachment that began on Wednesday night when every lawmaker on the 41-member committee delivered an opening statement.

Democrats noted that Republicans were not addressing the substance of the charges against Trump.

"The bar to impeach a president of the United States has not been met", Roby said. The Republican-controlled Senate would start a trial in 2020.

The second article of impeachment charges Trump with obstructing the House's effort to investigate the matter with an "unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by the House" in a manner "subversive" of the US Constitution.

The party's lawmakers from more conservative districts have argued the focus should be limited to Ukraine.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said on Wednesday no decision had yet been made over how to conduct the trial.

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