House Set to Debate and Officially Vote on Presidential Impeachment
The stage is now set for the full House of Representatives to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The president is facing two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The House will hold two separate votes Wednesday for each of the articles. Watch the proceedings live on our website’s homepage here.
The House Rules Committee voted Tuesday night along party lines to approve rules for Wednesday’s proceedings.
Both the Republican Party and Democratic Party will have equal time to debate.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will oversee the proceedings and maintain the time.
Following the debate, the House will vote on both articles of impeachment separately.
One vote on abuse of power and one vote on obstruction of Congress.
If the votes are in favor of impeachment, President Trump will be only the third president in United States history to be impeached by the House.
With the impeachment vote set, President Trump lashed out against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a six-page letter that called the impeachment inquiry unfair.
“You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment,” he wrote.
In a letter of her own, House Speaker Pelosi wrote in part, “if we do not act, we will be derelict in our duty.”
Debate on the House floor is expected to begin Wednesday morning at 9.
The vote is expected to pass along party lines.
If it does it will move to the Senate for trial, Republican Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell has guaranteed the president will not be removed from office.