House opens debate on articles of impeachment against Trump

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By Juliegrace Brufke – 12/18/19 12:24 PM EST

House Democrats easily passed a rule allowing for six hours of debate on the articles on Wednesday, overcoming a necessary procedural step to allow the measure to come to the floor for a full House vote later in the day.

The rule passed in a 228-137 vote largely along party lines.

Two Democrats, Reps. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment Maine Democrat announces he’ll vote for only one article of impeachment against Trump Vulnerable Oklahoma Democrat to vote for impeachment MORE (Minn.) and Jeff Van DrewJeffrey (Jeff) Van DrewNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment Maine Democrat announces he’ll vote for only one article of impeachment against Trump Van Drew refuses to talk party switch MORE (N.J.), who is expected to change party affiliations in coming days, bucked party lines and voted with Republicans. Both members also voted against a measure laying out the impeachment procedures in October. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Hill’s Morning Report – Busy week: Impeachment, Dem debate and USMCA First-term Democrats push Amash as impeachment manager: report The ‘Green’ new deal that Tom Perez needs to make MORE (I-Mich.), who left the Republican Party last summer, voted with Democrats to move forward with debate.

The rule’s passage comes after Republicans utilized multiple procedural tactics to delay the process, though Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said GOP lawmakers “don’t look at it as stalling, we just look at it that we are going to hold the ground until the very end.”

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) kicked off the procedural maneuvers with a motion to adjourn which was ultimately voted down. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment This week: House Dems gear up to vote to impeach Trump GOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers MORE (R-Calif.) followed with another procedural motion condemning how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump says McConnell can decide on witnesses for Senate trial Schiff says Pence refusal to declassify aide’s testimony ‘raises profound questions’ McConnell takes heat from all sides on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats question fairness of Senate trial after Graham, McConnell statements Sunday shows – Republicans, Democrats maneuver ahead of House impeachment vote Durbin: Witnesses to exonerate Trump may not exist MORE (D-N.Y.) conducted the impeachment probe. Democrats moved to table the motion.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran MORE (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, followed shortly after with an unsuccessful push for the roll call votes to be taken on the articles. And House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump says media, Democrats are making ‘life for the United Republican Party’ difficult amid impeachment Trump rails against Fox News for planning interviews with Schiff, Comey GOP lawmakers jockey for positions as managers MORE (R-La.) raised a point of order against the rule for the two articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing the minority did not receive a hearing while proceedings were taking place in the House Judiciary Committee. It was ultimately ruled out of order.

The articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — which were unveiled last week — passed out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday evening. The House Judiciary Committee held a marathon markup before approving the articles last week.

The articles are expected to pass with minimal Democrat defections on Tuesday evening.

Tags Collin Peterson Jeff Van Drew Donald Trump Justin Amash Kevin McCarthy Jerrold Nadler Steve Scalise Adam Schiff Liz Cheney Impeachment

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