nearvideo-house rules Committee holds a mark-up hearing on the impeachment resolution
The Democratic-led house rules Committee on Tuesday began a marathon session on the preparation of the rules of the game for what is adopted almost sure to be a furious showdown vote on the House floor to the article of impeachment against President Trump.
The panel session will give a first picture of what will look like the house debate on Wednesday, and what could plan the time. Rep., Norma Torres, D-Calif., Fox News said that “we are in for a long session” on impeachment.
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The Committee writes the procedures and other guidelines for the debate, how much time is given to the problems and what changes will be in order. But to fight in spite of the often dry material that is up for debate, the panel-meeting saw a spirited, as the partisan lines were drawn in the indictment.
In the nuclear trump card is in the July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Democrats claim that Trump’s Biden push for investigations for the 2016 election, and former Vice-President of Joe’s behavior in the country was part of an attempted quid pro quo in exchange for a White house and unblock military aid.
“The President has withheld congressionally approved military aid to extract a country under siege, a personal political favor. He did not do this as a matter of U.S. policy, he did this for his own advantage. This is wrong, and if the behavior is impeachable, then I don’t know what is,” Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said on Tuesday.
“The President is aggressive and unprecedented resistance from Congress-subpoenas for witnesses and documents, is manifestly unconstitutional and dangerous.” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said. “If accepted and normalized, now it will be undermined, perhaps for all time, the congressional impeachment power itself.”
Trump has denied the quid-pro-quo allegations and claimed that the Democrats are in a “witch hunt” against him. The Republicans in the house have similar claims, accusing the house Democrats of running a “kangaroo court”, as they dominate proceedings and push the house in the direction of the charge.
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“This is the result of a fair process, and certainly not a cross-party. Unfortunately, the Democrats “impeachment inquiry are flawed, and that party was from the very first day, so I guess it should come as no surprise that the Democrats” set a result is also flawed and biased,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the meeting said on Tuesday.
“The only thing that is a clear and present danger, right now in this room is the pattern of attack and abuse of rules and decisions, to this President, began over three years ago, the night he was elected,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said.
The House Judiciary Committee last week voted to send two of the indictment to the House floor, the alleged obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Article in connection with other Democratic allegations such as bribery, were mainly absent. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, does not present the article in front of the Committee because of a family emergency.
The vote itself is to be expected that along party political lines. There are no signs that any Republicans to vote for impeachment, although it is possible that some of the moderate Democrats, the pro-Trump districts against the historic step.
To make “the house rules Committee on impeachment. But why bother? Two-thirds of the Democrats on the Committee voted to call charges of the President of Ukraine, happened,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted. “For Dems, this is pure politics. Not with the facts.”
The house is composed of 431 members, which means Democrats need 216 votes to accuse trump. There are currently 233 Democrats, so that they could lose, only 17 and still accuse the President — or 18, if the lone independent back charge. The article still seem to have enough votes to pass, what would you send to the Senate for a trial. There, where the Republicans dominate, Trump, it is almost sure to be acquitted.
After the rules Committee, take the lead, is a different approach from the Clinton impeachment in 1998 and 1999, where the article came up on the House floor via a procedure known as a “privilege.” The house secured a unanimous approval for the continuation of the article on a two-day period.
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But during the debate, could be combative and angry in the rules Committee, the Democrats have the upper hand in terms of power. The rules Committee is sometimes also runs as a “Speaker’s Committee” because the speaker, even if you are not a member of the Committee.
The Committee is a rule for the debate, which will then be discussed by the house first thing on Wednesday morning. Once accepted, then the debate begins about the article itself.
Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.