Trump responds to impeachment vote

Trump responds to impeachment vote

President Trump and Republicans say he did nothing improper in his call with Mr Zelensky, and that there is no direct evidence that he withheld aid or a White House meeting in exchange for a favour. I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.

"I'm not changing anything - just doing my job". The full House chamber could vote on them next week before lawmakers break for Christmas.

The President said he was open to a short or long process in the Senate, which is expected to hold a trial in January. Republicans are in control there, few if any defections are likely and the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said the president will not be convicted and removed.

When pressed about his preferred strategy, McConnell said he would align himself with the White House.

Michael Gerhardt, who previously told the House Judiciary Committee "if what we are talking about is not impeachable, nothing is impeachable", said Friday on CNN that the coordination that McConnell boasted of is without historical precedent.

"I want this to end as quick as possible for the good of the Senate, for the good of the country", Graham said.

But some Republican Party officials are hoping to handle the impeachment case quickly by simplifying the trial process.

"It is a vote for the Constitution and for 'We, the People, '" she said in statement, quoting the preamble to the constitution. The disturbing possibility is that impeachment may strengthen Trump politically.

Mr Biden, a former USA vice-president, is a leading Democratic candidate to face Mr Trump in November's general election. But he also implied that Biden's son's involvement with a Ukrainian energy company was corrupt. He has denied wrongdoing.

A full House vote can be expected next week, before Congress recesses for the holidays.

"This amendment strikes article one because article one ignores the truth", Jordan said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing to markup the resolution containing the articles.

"I have not heard a new point or an original thought from either side in the last three hours", said Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who urged his colleagues to "resist the temptation to inflict what we have heard over and over again". "It's something that shouldn't be allowed and it's a very bad thing for our country, and you're trivializing impeachment". "And then I have the part that is purple, and they are more pro-impeachment". And with those articles headed to the House floor next week, he appears to be warming to a quick election-year Senate trial.

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