Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House counsel didn’t take lead on Trump letter to Pelosi: reports House panel sets guidelines for historic impeachment vote Protesters rally against Trump in multiple cities on eve of impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.) and a group of female Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wore dark clothing on Capitol Hill to mark the House’s vote on articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel didn’t take lead on Trump letter to Pelosi: reports Trump endorses Riggleman in Virginia House race Lisa Page responds to ‘vile’ Trump attacks: ‘Being quiet isn’t making this go away’ MORE.
Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellTrump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: ‘Really pathetic!’ Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (D-Mich.), who was wearing a dark grey coat with black lapels, told The Hill that some female members of Congress typically wear red on Wednesdays to show solidarity with issues such as human trafficking and women’s heart health awareness.
But they decided to wear darker colors this week to mark the “somber” occasion, she said.
“Normally we wear red [on Wednesdays] and we said, ‘We can’t do that today.’ So, many of the women are in darker colors because it is a somber day,” Dingell added as she left the House floor.
Pelosi, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsMcConnell takes heat from all sides on impeachment Juan Williams: Obama has one more election to win House Democrat calls on McConnell to recuse himself from impeachment trial MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment Vulnerable Oklahoma Democrat to vote for impeachment Vulnerable Democrats swing behind impeachment push MORE (D-Okla.), who represents a swing district, were among the lawmakers spotted on the Capitol wearing black.
The Speaker told NBC News that she was “sad” about the day’s proceedings.
The move to sport dark clothing did not appear to be widely coordinated, however. Female Democratic lawmakers arrived in the House chamber wearing a variety of colors.
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko (Ariz.) also gave a forceful speech condemning impeachment while wearing a black coat.
The Democratic-controlled House is prepared to vote on two articles of impeachment charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Nearly every House Democrat is expected to vote in favor of the articles, which would make Trump just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Ahead of the vote, Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues that they would be “derelict” in their duty if they did not vote to impeach Trump. The impeachment vote follows a House inquiry largely based on allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to announce investigations into his political rivals.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed charges of wrongdoing.
In a scathing letter sent to Pelosi on Tuesday, the president accused Democrats of waging “nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup.”
Cristina Marcos contributed to this report.