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    Impeachment Probe Against President Trump (17)

    The US House of Representatives is currently voting on impeaching US President Donald Trump. The Wednesday vote is the first stage of an impeachment inquiry launched by House Dems in September after a whistleblower alleged that Trump pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens in Ukraine.

    The House is currently made up of 233 Democrats, 197 Republicans, 1 Independent and has four vacancies. For Trump to be impeached, a majority of the 435-member House must vote in favor of the two articles of impeachment - abusing power and obstructing justice - before the process moves to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial and the second stage of the vote.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Trump, in a series of statements, criticized the impeachment proceedings as lawmakers in the House of Representatives began floor debates prior to the vote. Trump has repeatedly said the impeachment inquiry is a sham and a political witch hunt concocted by Democrats.

    Trump is the third US president in the nation's history to face an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives.

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    • 23:04

      GOP Senator Holds Moment of Silence on House Floor for the 63 Million People Who Voted for Trump

      Rep. Bill Johnson held a moment of silence for those Americans who voted for Donald Trump during the House debate on articles of impeachment.

      “This is a sad day for America, this partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters. So I want to use my time to call on this chamber, for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection. To give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence,” Johnson said.

    • 22:13

      ‘I Like Her a Lot’: CNN Journo Unearths Trump 2008 Interview on Nancy Pelosi, Bush Impeachment

      ‘I Like Her a Lot’: CNN Journo Unearths Trump 2008 Interview on Nancy Pelosi, Bush Impeachment

      A decade ago, Trump blasted President George W. Bush for getting the US into the highly-unpopular Iraq War. He also defended former US President Bill Clinton for having to suffer through being impeached, while suggesting that current US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, should have pushed harder to remove Bush from the Oval Office.
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    • 21:26

      Trump Supporters Gather for Michigan Rally Amid House Impeachment Debate

    • 20:38

      House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Suggests to Discuss Delaying Senate Impeachment Trial

      “Some think it’s a good idea. And we need to talk about it”, Steny Hoyer said, adding that Democrats must discuss a delay of sending articles of impeachment to the Senate to prevent the Republican-controlled chamber from discarding the case against President Trump.

    • 20:25

      Republican Congressman Mike Kelly Compares Impeachment to Pearl Harbor

      “December is such a great month, there are so many great dates in December, we talk about wonderful things that have happened in Decembers in the past. In addition to Christmas being something we celebrate, the Boston Tea Party took place in December but also December 7, 1941, a horrific act happened in the United States, it's when President Roosevelt said, ‘This is a date that will live in infamy’”, Kelly said in a speech during a six-hour impeachment debate on the House floor Wednesday, cited by The Hill.

      The Republican senator, who is reportedly slated to retire at the end of his term, added that "today, 18 December 2019, is another date that will live in infamy. When just because you hate the President of the United States, and you can find no other reason other than the fact that you're so blinded by your hate that you can't see straight so you've decided the only way to make sure this president doesn't get elected again is to impeach him”.

    • 19:58

      AOC Slams Donald Trump as House Holds Debates Before Impeachment Vote

    • 19:20

      Republican Senator Graham Seeks Short Trial Without New Witnesses

      "When it gets here, my goal is to have as short a trial as possible [...] I am not going to support witnesses being called for by the president. I am not going to support witnesses being called for by Senator Schumer", Republican chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

    • 19:06

      Pompeo Says Ready to Testify in Impeachment Proceedings

      US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday that his participation in the impeachment proceedings will be defined by what the law requires.

      "As far for my participation, my participation will continue to be precisely what the law requires," Pompeo said. "I am happy to do document productions. I am happy to testify if that's appropriate and required by law. The State Department’s done the same thing all the way through. We will continue to do so."

    • 17:40

      Trump is 'Threat' to National Security - House Speaker Pelosi

      "He gave us no choice. What we are discussing today is the established fact that the president violated the Constitution. It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections - the basis of our democracy. If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the president's reckless actions make impeachment necessary", US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

    • 16:59

      US House Begins Debate on Charges Against President Donald Trump

      The US House of Representatives has opened the debate on impeaching President Donald Trump after three hours of discussions ironing out procedural matters.

      The rule adopted by the House allows lawmakers a timeframe of up to six hours – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – to proceed to vote on two articles of impeachment at around 6:00 p.m. barring further delays.

      "I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the President of the United States. If we don't act now, we would be derelict in our duty", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her remarks on the floor. "It is tragic that the President’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice".

      House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rebuked the Democrats for embarking on an impeachment purely for political reasons with no facts and out of hatred for the US president, as well as a deep-rooted desire to oust him from office.

      "This will be their legacy, but will not be the legacy that we want to have repeated", McCarthy said.

    • 16:51

      Polls Show Americans Are Undecided About Trump's Possible Impeachment - Reports

      According to a Gallup poll (among all adults), 46 percent favour Trump's impeachment, whereas 51 percent do not. In the meantime, an Economist/YouGov poll (among registered voters) shows that 50 percent are for impeachment, while 43 percent are against it, reports say.

    • 16:44

      'President Can't Be Removed From Office' - Donald Trump on Twitter

    • 16:23

      Democrats in House of Representatives Reject Proposal to End Impeachment Hearing

      The US House of Representatives rejected the Republicans' proposal to suspend the hearing, during which members of congress will debate and vote on impeachment against President Donald Trump.

      The proposal was supported by 188 legislators, 226 opposed.

    • 15:56

      "Impeachment is the Remedy': Hillary Clinton Supports the US House Vote

    • 14:51

      Donald Trump Jr Speaks Up Amid Impeachment Vote on His Father's Fate as US President

    • 14:30

      Anti-Trump Demonstrators Stage Protests Ahead of Impeachment Vote - Video

      A man holds a sign reading traitor in front of an American flag as protesters take part in a rally to support the impeachment and removal of U.S. President Donald Trump outside the federal building in Seattle, Washington, U.S. December 17, 2019

      Anti-Trump Demonstrators Stage Protests Ahead of Impeachment Vote - Video

      The House of Representatives is set to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The impeachment proceedings were launched in September amid allegations that he abused his power during his talks with Ukrainian President Zelensky, pressuring him to investigate Joe Biden, Trump's likely rival in the 2020 presidential vote.
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    • 14:13

      US House Opens Session on Historic Vote on Trump Impeachment

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US House of Representatives convened on Wednesday for a full session to vote on two articles of impeachment that have been filed against President Donald Trump.

      The articles of impeachment accuse Trump of abusing power and obstructing justice, charges that House Democrats say fall under the umbrella of "high crimes and misdemeanours" for which a US president can be impeached. 

      After the session convened at 9:00 a.m., Republican Congressman Andy Biggs filed a motion to adjourn the proceedings and to stop wasting time on impeachment. The procedural manoeuvre delayed the day's proceedings by forcing the full House to vote on the motion. Democrats defeated the measure.

      Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy then brought up a privileged resolution that accused Democratic committee Chairmen Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler of abusing power.

      "I am calling for a vote on a privileged resolution to condemn their actions," McCarthy said, before Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer moved to "table" or suspend consideration of McCarthy's motion. Democrats supported Hoyer's motion.

      Republicans are expected to make similar moves throughout the day to protest against the impeachment process. A vote on the two impeachment articles is expected to be held at some point later in the day.

      According to the US Constitution, a president shall be removed from office "on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours."

      A majority of the 435-member House must vote in favour of impeaching Trump before moving to the next phase of the process. The House is currently made up of 233 Democrats, 197 Republicans, 1 Independent and has four vacancies.

      Once the House Democratic majority votes to impeach on Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to start the formal impeachment trial which is likely to occur in the coming weeks.

    • 14:09

      US President Donald Trump Comments on Impeachment Vote

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