Judiciary Committee Debates Trump Impeachment Ahead of Vote

Brenda Watkins
December 13, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday evening as the House Judiciary Committee continued its debate on two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Trump stands accused of abusing his powers by leveraging a White House meeting and critical military aid to pressure Kiev to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.

The Senate is expected to hold a trial next month on the charges and acquit the president.

Democrats 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.

In a July 25 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" corruption allegations surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. "This is a vote people will have to come to their own conclusion on".

"If our elections are corrupt, everything is corrupt", Nadler said, defending his party against Republican criticism that Democrats are rushing the impeachment process.

"Both were divorced from reality-and from official US policy", Nadler said. The Republican-led chamber is unlikely to vote to find the president guilty and remove him from office.

This sparked Democrats to claim Trump was setting a quid pro quo of military aide in exchange for the probe, and also led to the allegations that the president was soliciting a foreign government to help influence the 2020 USA presidential election.

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She began her remarks by criticizing statements made by Republican members, including Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who had claimed earlier that Trump has "consistently cooperated with Congress to fulfill its oversight and investigatory responsibility".

"It reflects the polarised, partisan age that we are in, that there is so little common ground between the Republicans and Democrats about how to approach the president's conduct and how to think about it relative to the impeachment", said Keith Whittington, a political science professor at Princeton University.

On Thursday, the House judiciary committee bore down on a vote to advance impeachment against the President. A running average of polls of United States public opinion compiled by RealClearPolitics.com suggests 47 percent of Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46 percent say he should not be impeached.

"President Trump has not only abused his power in the upcoming election he has used a foreign power to do it", said Representative Zoe Lofgren, a senior Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee.

A fiery House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler chided Republicans who complained that Democrats were obsessing over taking down the president and seeking to "subvert" the ability of Congress to keep the executive branch in check.

Independent voters could play a decisive role in determining who wins the next Presidential election in 2020, as their votes will be pivotal in winning key swing states.

But the panel rejected the amendment with a vote along strict party lines, 17-23. He said the media should focus on Trump's accomplishments "instead of obsessing over how many times the president has tweeted". "If you know you have the votes and you've listened to the arguments on both sides and believe the case is so slim, so weak, that you have the votes to end it, that might be what the president's lawyers would prefer".

There's no chance the president is going to be removed from office.

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