Solemnity, tension for Trump impeachment reckoning

Solemnity, tension for Trump impeachment reckoning

Solemnity, tension for Trump impeachment reckoning

President Trump has officially become the third USA president in history to be impeached.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) posted a photo of the odd "package" on Twitter, writing that a White House staffer had delivered it to his office.

NANCY PELOSI: We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take - the impeachment of the president of the United States.

Blumenauer said he still hopes to impeach the president, but wouldn't release the articles until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to allow testimony from witnesses that Democrats want to hear from. "Bizarrely delivered together. Happy Holidays & best wishes for the coming year!"

Throughout the day, Trump had stared down the impending vote as he has every obstacle in his presidency: by broadcasting his grievances via tweet.

At the back of the chamber, a lonely figure: Justin Amash, the conservative who left the Republican Party to become an independent after declaring he believed Trump is unfit for office. "It is tragic that the president's reckless actions make impeachment necessary", Pelosi said.

She also challenged GOP lawmakers' comments during Wednesday's debate comparing Trump's impeachment to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

In Trump's past pivotal fights - including his failed effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law - congressional Republicans strongly rallied behind him, but there were small but significant numbers of defectors. The House followed with a second vote of 229-198 that Trump obstructed Congress.

Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar said the impeachment represented "a great tragedy and a moment of truth" for Trump.

"Democrats have been obsessed with impeaching President Trump and overturning the will of the American people since before he was even sworn into office", Daines said in a statement issued just before 7 p.m.

Trump now minces no words when speaking about Pelosi, who has spearheaded the impeachment against him. It's a sham, a witch hunt and is tantamount to a coup against the duly elected president of the United States. Televised hearings last month that were meant to build public support for impeachment appear to have pushed the two sides further apart. They have denied wrongdoing. Rand Paul (R. -Ky.) whether "you would be okay with a president, say, Elizabeth Warren, asking a foreign government to investigate her top Republican rival?"

CORNISH: The debate over the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - continued for hours. Rather than attempting to enforce their subpoenas in court, they have also made a decision to declare it a high crime and misdemeanor when the President of the United States asserts his constitutional privileges.

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The Judiciary Committee Chairman, New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler outlined the case against the president.

Van Drew was coy when asked if he'd making is party switch official at the White House ceremony, saying "we'll see".

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