House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced on Thursday morning that Democrats will be moving forward to charge President Trump “for high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Once an allocated time for committee members to debate is over, the committee will proceed with a vote on two articles of impeachment including abuse of office and obstructing Congress.
Both articles are expected to receive full Democratic support in the affirmative—with all Republicans opposing them.
Watch the opening of the committee below:
House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler calls up resolution of impeachment against Pres. Trump "for high crimes and misdemeanors."
— ABC News (@ABC) December 12, 2019
ABC News reports:
This is the second day of what’s called a “markup” — where members can propose changes to the wording of the articles — but few if any amendments are likely to be approved by the Democratic majority on the committee.
In the first stage of the markup Wednesday night, Democrats continued to defend their handling and the pace of the impeachment proceedings while Republicans attacked them for pushing to remove Trump for political reasons.
Democrats on the committee argued on Thursday morning that the evidence is clear for a slam dunk case against Trump
Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, responding to Republican arguments that Trump was innocent because there is no evidence of a crime, argued: “This claim that this is the thinnest of evidence is simply not true.”
“There is overwhelming evidence of the scheme led by the president, led by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to corrupt the American elections to continue to withhold military aid until such time as a public announcement was made that would sphere the president’s chief political rival,” Cicilline said.
Republicans on the committee, however, continued to defend the president and said he was innocent of any alleged crimes.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan said the first of the two articles of impeachment “ignores the truth.”
“Four facts, five meetings. We’ve known there have been four facts that have not changed, will not change, will never change and we’ve known it since September 25th when the call transcript was released,” the Ohio representative continued per ABC News. “It shows no quid pro quo. What’s interesting is the day the transcript came out, even chairman Nadler said there was no quid pro quo in the transcript.”
“Article 1 in this resolution ignores the truth, the facts. It ignores what happened and what has been laid out for the American people over the last three weeks. So I hope that this committee will come to its senses, that it will adopt the amendment and strike article 1 from the resolution,” Jordan added.
Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner added: “The facts speak for themselves. There was no impeachable offense here and that’s why Article 1 of the impeachment ended up falling flat on its face and that it should be stricken.”