Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Thursday that President Trump’s wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the Constitution and asked House committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment, saying lawmakers have “no choice but to act.”
Her address, in which she invoked principles espoused by the nation’s founders, came shortly after Trump went on Twitter to urge House Democrats to impeach him quickly, if they plan to do it, and suggested he would call an expansive list of witnesses during a trial in the Republican-led Senate.
At the heart of the Democrats’ case is the allegation that President Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine in the face of Russian military aggression, to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a probe of an unfounded theory that Kyiv c onspired with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
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December 5, 2019 at 10: (AM EST
Democrats mulling articles of impeachment on obstruction and bribery, among others
House Democrats are considering articles of impeachment that include obstruction and bribery but leaning against a treason charge, according to three Judiciary Committee aides.
The aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conservations, cautioned that the situation remains fluid.
Democratic leaders believe they have overwhelming support in their ranks for articles dealing with the core of Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine, two Democratic leadership aides said, requesting anonymity to speak ca ndidly.
The aides, who are familiar with internal discussions, also expect at least one article regarding the Trump administration’s obstruction of Congress, though it’s not known how broad those charges will be.
There is also an active debate about an obstruction of justice article centered on Trump’s conduct during the investigation into Russian election interference by special counsel Robert S. Mueller – but it appears increasingly likely that will be left out, the aides said.
ByKaroun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis
Trum p says Pelosi decision sets bad precedent
Trump lashed out at the “Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats” following Pelosi’s announcement and said they are setting a bad precedent for future presidents.
“This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents, ”Trump tweeted. “That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win! ”
Trump said Democrats are trying to“ hang their hats ”on two calls he made with Zelensky that were“ totally appropriate (perfect). ”
December 5, 2019 at 9: 55 AM EST
Scalise says Pelosi doesn’t care about ‘facts or truth’
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R- La.) Accused Pelosi of not caring about “facts or truth” as he joined other Republicans in blasting the House speaker’s decision to move forward with articles of impeachment.
“Speaker Pelosi just unilaterally decided to proceed with articles of impeachment. Even after yesterday’s disastrous hearing, ”Scalise tweeted, referring to a Judicial Committee hearing at which four law professors testified. “She proved what we already knew: She doesn’t care about facts or truth.”
“Dems have no case,” Scalise added. “She’s rushing because she knows she’s lost public support.”
In fact, recent polls have shown public support for impeachment relatively stable.
ByJohn Wagner and Emily Guskin
December 5, 2019 at 9: 45 AM EST
Republican campaign committees predict GOP gains in wake of impeachment effort
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Pelosi of engaging in “the ultimate abuse of power” and predicted the move would help the GOP at the ballot box in 2020.
“The Founders began the Constitution with ‘We the People’ for a reason,”McDaniel said in a statement. “Pelosi wants to negate the votes of 63 million Americans, all while denying President Trump due process. It is the ultimate abuse of power, and all the more reason why Republicans must take back the House and re-elect President Trump in 2020. ”
Trump has been invited to participate in the House impeachment inquiry but declined to send a lawyer to a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
In a separate statement, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, also predicted electoral gains for his party.
“House Democrats’ unhealthy obsession with trying to remove the President of the United States from office and undo the 2016 election will cost them their majority next year, ”he said.
ByJohn Wagner and Mike DeBonis
December 5, 2019 at 9: 30 AM EST
White House, Trump campaign react to Pelosi’s announcement
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted to Pelosi’s announcement, saying she and Democrats “should be ashame d ”and that the White House looks forward to a trial in the Republican-led Senate.
“ @ realDonaldTrump has done nothing but lead our country – resulting in a booming economy , more jobs & a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments, ”Grisham tweeted.
In a statement issued shortly after Pelosi’s remarks, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale derided the Democrats for moving to impeach Trump with an election looming.
“We are less than a year away from Election Day 2020 and Democrats can’t possibly explain to the American people why they want to take the decision of who should be president out of the hands of voters, ”Parscale said. “But impeaching the President has always been their goal, so they should just get on with it so we can have a fair trial in the Senate.”
December 5, 2019 at 9: (AM EST)
Pelosi asks committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment
Pelosi said Thursday that Trump’s wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the Constitution and asked House committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment, saying lawmakers have “no choice but to act.”
Her morning address is a clear sign that the Democratic- led House intends to impeach Trump in coming weeks.
“The president l eaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit, ”Pelosi said in remarks at the Capitol.
“ The president has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. His actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders and the oath of office that he takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our Founders and our heart full of love for America, today I’m asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment. ”
In her remarks, Pelosi gave no indication of how quickly the process would move. Nor did she say how narrowly crafted the articles of impeachment would be.
Democrats have been divided over whether to focus solely on Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine or to include other questionable conduct, including his alleged obstruction of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference in the 2016 election.
Pelosi’s comments come a day after a panel of law professors testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Three called by Democrats said Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine met the threshold for impeachment. A fourth called by the GOP cautioned against moving quickly, saying a solid case has not been established.
Earlier this week, the House Intelligence Committee released a 300 – page report contending Trump had placed his personal political interests above the national interests.
ByJohn Wagner and Mike DeBonis
December 5, 2019 at 8: AM EST
Ukraine lawmaker seeking Biden inquiry meets with Giuliani in Kyiv
KYIV, Ukraine – Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani met Thursday in Ukraine with one of the key figures working to build a corruption case agains t Hunter Biden, the Ukraine official said in a Facebook post.
The lawmaker, Andriy Derkach, posted photographs of himself meeting Giuliani in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, vowing to set up an anti-corruption group in the Ukraine parliament.
Derkach gave no further details of the meeting in the Facebook post. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
But Giuliani’s presence in Ukraine advances efforts of Trump allies to create an alternative narrative in the rapidly moving impeachment investigation – tapping some of Ukraine’s most controversial figures who have spread theories of corruption and impropriety around Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Ukraine interference in the 2016 election.
ByDavid L. Stern and Robyn Dixon
December 5, 2019 at 8: 10 AM EST
Trump urges House Democrats to impeach him quickly if they’re going to do it
Trump on Thurs day urged House Democrats to impeach him quickly, if they plan to do so, and accused them of “demeaning our country.”
“[N] othing matters to them, they have gone crazy, ”Trump said in morning tweets. “Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business.”
Trump suggested he would call a wide array of witnesses in a Senate trial, including Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), The Bidens and “many more.”
Trump said the trial would “reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is.”
In his tweets, he also panned the Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday in which three law professors called by Democrats said his conduct toward Ukraine met the threshold of impeachment.
“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House, ”Trump said. “They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country.”
December 5, 2019 AT 8: (AM EST
Hoyer says ‘facts will dictate’ when impeachment inquiry ends
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) Declined to put a timeline on the House impeachment inquiry, saying only that it could come to a close “in the relatively near future.”
“We don’t know what that near future is,” Hoyer said on CNN. “We’re not going to put a timeline on it. The facts will take dictate how quickly the Judiciary Committee can reach a conclusion. ”
Hoyer also declined to preview the statement Pelosi plans to make at 9 am
“She’s going to make whatever announcement she intends to make,” he said.
December 5, 2019 at 7: 50 AM EST
‘Oh, yippee!’ Kellyanne Conway says of Pelosi’s planned statement
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway offered her thoughts Thursday on Pelosi’s planned statement on the impeachment inquiry.
“Oh, yippee!” Conway said during an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
Conway argued that Pelosi should go ahead and say that Democrats plan to impeach Trump because “the fix has been in for a long time.”
“Let’s stop pretending it has a damn thing to do with the 15 witnesses over two committees the Democrats have called over the last couple of weeks, ”Conway said. “These witnesses mean nothing.”
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Judiciary vice chairwoman says it ‘seems as though’ a full House vote will occur by Christmas
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa ..), the vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said that she expects Pelosi will announce that the impeachment inquiry is “moving forward” and said it “seems as though” a full House vote on impeachment
“At this point it’s quite clear that there is a clear and present danger,” Scanlon said during an interview on MSNBC, referring to Trump’s presence in office and allegations that he sought foreign interference in the 2020 election.
Asked about Pelosi’s scheduled statement Thursday morning, Scanlon said she expects the speaker to say “that we are moving forward.”
Scanlon said she was hesitant to predict if a full House vote will take place before the Christmas holiday, but added: “It seems as though that is the way we are moving.”
In an earlier interview on CNN, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Said that Democrats have “a sense of urgency” in impeaching Trump.
“[Trump] has attempted to intervene in the next election , and he needs to be stopped immediately, ”she said. “We need to act now.”
Bass, a member of the Judiciary Committee and Pelosi ally, said the timing of a full House vote could depend on whether the White House decides to participate in the process. If it does participate, it could move more slowly, she said.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) has given Trump a deadline of Friday to announce his intentions.
December 5 , 2019 at 7: 00 AM EST
Pompeo says Intelligence Committee report’s description of his role is ‘just all wrong’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday dismissed the characterization in a House Intelligence Commitee report of his alleged role in a campaign to pressure Ukraine for political favors benefiting Trump, saying it was “just all wrong.”
Pompeo, who i s traveling in Portugal, was asked by a reporter about the description of him in the 300 – page report released this week as being “a knowledgeable or an active participant to extract from a foreign nation the political benefits sought by the president.”
“Your question has as a basis for the question some language that you suggested was in the report,” Pompeo said. “I’ll answer only this: It’s just all wrong.”
Pompeo appeared alongside Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva at a news conference in Lisbon.
December 5, At 6: 40 AM EST
Trump draws more attention to use of his son’s name in hearing
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to draw more attention to an episode from Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing in which one of the law professors testifying invoked the name of Trump’s youngest son, Barron.
During her testimony, Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan, making a point that Trump is not a king, said, “While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
In a tweet, Melania Trump condemned Karlan for invoking the name of a minor, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) Later introduced the first lady’s tweet as part of the hearing record.
On Thursday morning, Trump retribution a tweet by Johnson sharing that he had
Later in Wednesday’s hearing, Karlan apologized for what she had said.
December 5, 2019 at 5: 30 AM EST
Pelosi to deliver statement on status of impeachment inquiry
The statement is part of a busy day of public appearances by Pelosi as House Democrats seek to build public support for the case to oust Trump from office. Pelosi has a news conference scheduled later Thursday morning and plans to appear Thursday night at a CNN town hall, where she is expected to field questions on impeachment.
During a closed- door meeting Wednesday with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill, Pelosi announced no firm decision or timeline in moving toward a vote on Trump’s impeachment, according to multiple Democratic lawmakers who attended.
But , a day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) delivered a 300 – page report detailing charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against Trump, Pelosi made clear what lies ahead in the House.
“Are you ready?” She asked her colleagues, after describing grave constitutional circumstances posed by Trump’s alleged wrongdoing surrounding his dealings with Ukraine and his subsequent decision to stonewall the House investigation into it .
Read more about Wednesday’s meetinghere.
(By (John Wagner, Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade)
December 5, 2019 at 5: 15 AM EST
Trump to make public appearances in Washington
Having returned from a meeting with NATO leaders in London, Trump has a couple of public appearances on his schedule in Washington on Thursday.
He is scheduled to attend a luncheon with the permanent representatives of the United Nations Security Council before delivering remarks later Thursday afternoon at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
December 5, 2019 at 5: 00 AM EST
A look inside Trump’s anti-impeachment spin factory
On a recent morning, more than a dozen Trump administration officials watching television in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House spontaneously stood up and applauded.
Trump had just yelled to reporters on the South Lawn, “I want nothing . I want nothing. ”He had read from notes written in Sharpie in a small notebook, selectively quoting his own comments in a call with his ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who had described the conversation in otherwise damaging testimony to the House Intelligence
The clip played on a loop for the rest of the afternoon on cable news channels. It provided cause for celebration for the group of Trump staffers, who are part of a rapid-response operation set up just weeks ago to bend opinion against the effort to impeach the president.
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