House takes up Trump's impeachment ahead of historic floor vote

Activists gather Wednesday to show support for Trump's impeachment

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) posted a photo of the odd "package" on Twitter, writing that a White House staffer had delivered it to his office.

One person was on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) mind on Wednesday night: her late colleague, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

Stewart then said that if the House voted to impeach Trump, then "the next president, I promise you, is going to be impeached - and the next president after that".

Abuse of power: Trump used his position for personal political gain.

"Impeachment is not in the best interest of this country, and in fact it has only deepened the partisan divide that truly plagues this country", Johnson said.

Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, by withholding USA military aid, to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, both of whom worked in Ukraine during the Obama administration.

House Republicans have displayed remarkable unity during the impeachment process and none of them are expected to vote for impeachment.

The process now advances to the Senate, where State Senators judge the President in a trial. Televised hearings last month that were meant to build public support for impeachment appear to have pushed the two sides further apart.

The Senate will determine whether that will happen at a trial in January 2020, with the senators sitting as jurors, House politicians serving as prosecutors known as managers, and the chief justice of the U.S. presiding over it.

Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption without offering evidence. Trump opponents could have also established a case for "high crimes" in relation to bribery and even extortion in his dealings with Ukraine, Nichols said.

Only two previous presidents have been impeached. "If one actually listens to the testimony that has been presented, it is quite clear that Donald Trump put his personal interests in the 2020 election in front of national interest related to the security of Ukraine, a country that has always been a US ally". The House in 1998 impeached President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice arising from a sexual relationship he had with a White House intern, but the Senate acquitted him.

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In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment in the Watergate corruption scandal but before the full House could pass them.

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