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Democrats to Move Forward with Articles of Impeachment Against US President Donald Trump

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Democrats to Move Forward with Articles of Impeachment Against US President Donald Trump

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On December 5th, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the House committees investigating US President Donald Trump to proceed with articles of impeachment.

“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said during a televised address. “Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act.”

A little more than two work weeks remain before lawmakers break for Christmas, with votes on the articles of impeachment expected to be among the House’s final actions prior to recess.

Congress has yet to decide how to keep the government operating beyond December 20th, when current funding instructions expire.

Pelosi’s entire announcement transcript can be found here. [pdf]

During CNN’s Town Hall, Pelosi tried to move the discussion past the impeachment process, but all the questions led in that direction.

On the other side, US President Donald Trump maintains that the Democrats have no impeachment case and that they hope to impeach him for “nothing.”

He further said that the Republicans had never been more united and that they would “win.”

The White House presented some citations from media, who present the overall idea that became quite obvious during the Democrats impeachment proceedings – little evidence was presented, and most, if not all witnesses had no firsthand knowledge, some of them were even openly antagonistic and couldn’t even be considered neutral regarding the case.

Vice President Mike Pence called for the “charade” to end so that the US government could focus on other pressing matters.

Other democrats also expressed their discontent with the situation:

And, as per the Hill, a speedy impeachment trial may be a desirable course for both the Republicans and Democrats.

An unnamed Democratic senator warned a lengthy impeachment trial would “freeze” the Democratic presidential primary by putting pressure on Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and other candidates to miss valuable campaign time.

“I think that people in New Hampshire and Iowa would say, ‘You should be doing your job.’ That’s what I think they would say and it’s a problem. It freezes the race,” said the Democratic senator. “I think both parties have incentive to try to get this wrapped up.”

“If you’re Trump, you want it over as fast as you can because he can say, ‘Look, I was acquitted, there was nothing,’” the Democratic lawmaker added.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson said that a speed trial was necessary, because regardless of what happened, it was unlikely that Democrats could get the necessary 67 votes in the Congress to convict the President of anything.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, I want to get this over as quickly as possible,” Johnson said. “It may be pretty easy to get the 51 votes to move to a final vote,” he said.

Publicly, Democratic senators say they will spend as much time as it takes to give House-passed articles of impeachment a thorough review.

“I don’t care about timetables,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) who said the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team “need to do what they need to do.”

“Trump’s people say they want their day in court, they say [the evidence] is hearsay. Well, the House needs to start hearing from people that are accused of wrongdoing or those that observed things so I don’t think setting any deadline or timetable makes sense,” he said.

Whether Trump will get impeached seems rather unlikely, but time will tell.

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