Trump impeachment: US House judiciary panel to vote
December 12, 2019
US House of Representatives panel is expected
to approve impeachment charges against President Donald Trump later in a
marathon session of rancorous debate.
judiciary committee is debating two articles of impeachment alleging abuse of
power and obstruction of Congress.
A full vote
by the Democratic-run House next week will likely make him the third US
president ever impeached.
Senate, controlled by Mr. Trump’s fellow Republicans, is not expected to remove
him from office.
crime!” the US president said on Twitter early on Thursday.
What do the articles of impeachment say?
Mr. Trump is
accused of trying to force Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into
his political rival Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the White
House next year; and obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House
Democrats who run the committee have agreed the language of the nine pages detailing
the charges, saying that Mr Trump “betrayed the nation” by acting
There are 41
members on the panel, which is expected to vote along party lines on Thursday
afternoon local time.
are trying to introduce amendments, but unified Democrats on the panel are
rebuffing such proposed changes.
What is being said in the debate?
judiciary committee launched the two-day session on Wednesday evening at the
decried the impeachment case as “hot garbage”, while one Democrat
accused the president of a “constitutional crime spree”.
an Ohio Republican, said Democrats were only impeaching Mr Trump because
“they don’t like the 63 million people who voted for this president, all
of us in flyover country, all of us common folk”.
Democrats rebuked Republicans for their loyalty to Trump.
up!” said Representative David Cicilline, accusing the other party of
“willfully ignoring the facts to protect a corrupt and dangerous
What will happen next week in the House?
A handful of
Democrats in swing districts remain unsure how they will vote on impeachment
when it comes to next week’s debate.
Democrats have a 36-seat lead over Republicans in the House so passage is still
expected to go ahead.
stepped back from including in the impeachment charges findings by Special
Counsel Robert Mueller that Mr. Trump may have obstructed the justice
department’s inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling.
lawmakers from more conservative districts have argued the focus should be
limited to Ukraine.
leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday they would not whip the historic vote,
allowing members to make their own personal choice.
What will happen in the Senate?
is expected to hold a trial next month on the charges and acquit the president.
who hold sway in the chamber appear to favor a quick vote, limiting political
has indicated he would like to see witnesses called such as Joe Biden and his
son, Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas firm that the US president wanted
McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said on Wednesday no decision had yet
been made over how to conduct the trial.
the 100-seat chamber does not have the 67 votes needed to remove Mr. Trump from