On September 24th, 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House of Representatives would launch an Impeachment Inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The inquiry focused on a Whistleblower complaint that expressed concern over President Trump’s seeking in exchange for U.S. military aid the Ukraine government had to announce publicly an investigation into President Trump political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
On October 8th, 2019, the White House sent official notice that they would not cooperate with the House Impeachment Inquiry.
White House Says It Will Not Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry https://t.co/x1WRhFolOd— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) October 8, 2019
After hours of testimony on Friday December 13th, the House Judiciary Committee voted on two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump.
Article One: Abuse of Power.
Article Two: Obstruction of Congress.
On Tuesday the House Rules Committee adopted in a vote 9-4 House Rules that will guide the full House Articles of Impeachment vote expected sometime Wednesday evening.
According to the Rules the House will be allowed six hours to debate the articles on the House floor.
3. Provides six hours of debate on the resolution equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary or their respective designees.
The President weighed-in on the vote expected this evening via Twitter.
Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2019
As mentioned on the Trump Tweets daily open threads, Transcripts = the two White House released Memorandums of President Trump phone calls with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
April 21st call.
July 25th call.
The President also weighed-in on the Articles of Impeachment in a letter sent on Tuesday to Pelosi.
From the letter in part:
The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!
Your first claim, “Abuse of Power,” is a completely disingenuous, meritless, and baseless invention of your imagination. You know that I had a totally innocent conversation with the President of Ukraine. I then had a second conversation that has been misquoted, mischaracterized, and fraudulently misrepresented. Fortunately, there was a transcript of the conversation taken, and you know from the transcript (which was immediately made available) that the paragraph in question was perfect. I said to President Zelensky: “I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” I said do us a favor, not me, and our country, not a campaign. I then mentioned the Attorney General of the United States. Every time I talk with a foreign leader, I put America’s interests first, just as I did with President Zelensky.
The second claim, so-called “Obstruction of Congress,” is preposterous and dangerous. House Democrats are trying to impeach the duly elected President of the United States for asserting Constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties throughout our Nation’s history. Under that standard, every American president would have been impeached many times over. As liberal law professor Jonathan Turley warned when addressing Congressional Democrats: “I can’t emphasize this enough…if you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the President for doing.”President Trump Letter.
Currently happening on the Hill, the House is voting to adopted the Rules passed on Tuesday, following the 15 minute vote and roll call, the 6 hour debating on the Articles of Impeachment will begin. As noted during the live NBC Coverage it’s possible the House vote will happen on Thursday morning versus, late Wednesday evening.
NEW: Speaker Pelosi has asked Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado to preside for the entire debate as Speaker Pro Tem today.— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 18, 2019
Speaker Pelosi will speak at the opening of general debate.
Speaker Pelosi will preside over both votes on the articles of impeachment. – @AlexNBCNews
The President is scheduled to hold a rally on Wednesday from Battle Creek, Michigan it’s scheduled to start at 7 p.m. eastern.
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