Debate on Trump impeachment articles begins in House

December 11, 2019
In The News

Now that House Democrats have laid out impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, the debate officially begins.

The House unveiled impeachment articles against President Donald Trump on Tuesday. They will debate the articles on Wednesday. (Source: CNN)

The House Judiciary Committee begins discussing and amending the articles of impeachment Wednesday. The meeting will be on camera.

The two impeachment articles on the table are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. There's no word on how long the debate will last.

After that, the committee will take a final vote.

If approved, the full House would also need to vote on the impeachment articles before it would move over to the Senate for a trial.

Mississippi Cong. Michael Guest released a statement after the announcement.

"This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Democrats have been trying to impeach President Trump since the day he was elected, and they have ignored House rules and precedent in their pursuit. I have seen no evidence to support the Democrats’ claims, and their accusations were built on hearsay," said Guest, who was a district attorney before being elected to the House. "No court in the United States would admit the majority of the testimony provided by the Democratic witnesses. The purpose of these Articles of Impeachment is not to find justice but to undo the 2016 presidential election results, and I will not vote to silence the voices of over 700,000 Mississippians who voted for our president.”

Trump is accused of abusing his power by allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and allegedly obstructing Congress by refusing to cooperate in the House investigation.