Republicans have joined the race by Democrats to remove Donald Trump from office, after Mike Pence rejected a vote to oust the president. Liz Cheney, the third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, said she would vote to impeach Mr Trump. With insufficient time to impeach him before he is succeeded by Democrat Joe Biden in seven days’ time, the Senate would still be able to ban him from running for office again.
The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for documents as part of its impeachment inquiry into the president. In a letter to Giuliani dated Monday, the heads of three House committees asked for information related to the president’s and his lawyer’s efforts to get Ukraine’s government to investigate the Biden family.
Donald Trump’s defense team concluded its oral arguments in the US Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, setting the stage for two days of questioning. The closing arguments came amid a bombshell report that former national security adviser John Bolton implicates President Trump in his new book. Mr Bolton reportedly writes that Mr Trump directly withheld security aid to Ukraine for his own political benefit.
The House of Representatives transmitted articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday, setting in motion a trial that could unearth damaging new evidence of misconduct by Trump as the 2020 presidential contest heats up. The House approved a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment on a mostly party-line vote of 228-193, hewing closely to the tally by which the articles were approved last month.
House lawmakers voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday in only the third such rebuke in American history. The move triggers a trial for Trump in the Senate, expected in January — one in which majority Republicans are likely to permit him to retain his office. The vote was largely along party lines. Every Republican opposed impeachment.
Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secure facility inside the Capitol where impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses, forcing a delay to the proceedings on the heels of damning new revelations that could further imperil President Donald Trump. After a five-hour stalemate, the Republicans left and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper began her testimony behind closed doors.
Donald Trump is set to become the third US president in history to be impeached later by the House of Representatives. Democratic lawmakers are expected to approve two impeachment charges against the Republican president on Wednesday. Mr Trump is scheduled to face a trial in the Senate next month, but that chamber is controlled by members of his party and it is unlikely to vote that he should be removed from office.
Democratic congressional leaders have unveiled articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, a historic move set in motion by a whistleblower complaint warning the president was using the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in a US election. Democrats outlined two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The articles were unveiled after almost three months of investigation of alleged wrongdoing by Trump.
Three legal experts told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival amounted to impeachable offenses, in a hearing that laid the groundwork for formal charges to be filed against the president. Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said they may look beyond Trump’s relations with Ukraine as they draw up articles of impeachment.
The White House told House Democrats it will not comply with demands for documents and testimony in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, setting up a legal showdown between the two branches of government. “You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in an eight-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the committees leading the inquiry.