Speaker Pelosi Leads House Toward Its Final Votes On Impeachment

House of Representatives engaged in an impeachment debate before historic votes on two charges accusing President Donald Trump of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Parliament is expected to vote this afternoon to indict Trump.

"Today is all about impeachment", he said. That would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to join Democrats in voting against Trump - and none have indicated they will. Trump said Debbie Dingell had thanked him for "A-plus treatment" after her husband's death, telling Trump that if her husband were looking down he would be thrilled.

The president's middle son, Eric, told reporters during a campaign conference call that he and other Trump surrogates would be working to target Democrats in districts his father won in 2016.

"Today's going to be a lot of things", said the leading Republican on the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins. None. The committee hearings were a scripted, substance free, made-for-TV show. Steve Daines followed shortly after, calling the vote a "sham". Let's get back to the work that the American people sent us here.

Trump, who vehemently denies any wrongdoing, is accused of abusing the power of the presidency by soliciting Ukraine to help him investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden; and obstruction of Congress for not co-operating with the House impeachment inquiry.

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Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar said the impeachment represented "a great tragedy and a moment of truth" for Trump. Here's what we know. It is our miraculous constitutional system, Madam Speaker, defended by our men and women in uniform that has safeguarded that freedom for 230 years. Has he honored his oath of office? Our republic shall survive this threat from within. That is why, in Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton wrote, "There will always be the greatest danger that impeachment, that an impeachment decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by real demonstrations of innocence or guilt". Don't speak of the two parties as if they were somehow equal.

Treason, bribery, perjury or high crimes and misdemeanours all serve as possible grounds for impeachment. The Democrats are asking members of this body to impeach despite the fact that they have presented no direct evidence of any impeachable offense.

"Impeachment is not about policy disagreements or ineffective governance, nor is it about criminality based on statutes that did not exist at the time our constitution was written", went on to say. They believe the impeachment proceedings are a dramatic ploy by the Democrats to remove a fairly elected president from office.

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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.

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