A House of Representatives committee is expected to vote in favor of formal impeachment charges against U.S. President Donald Trump late on Thursday evening, with a full vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber expected in the middle of next week.
"I do think that whatever message we send to this president and to future presidents is only stronger if it's bipartisan", he said, while acknowledging that censure "will not be an option". Both votes were 23-17, along party lines.
Trump is accused of abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine for his personal political gain, and of obstructing Congress by blocking investigations into his conduct.
"The articles of impeachment before us in this committee do not meet the necessary requirements nor have they followed an exhaustive pursuit to even find all of the facts of the case", the congresswoman said. If the articles of impeachment pass in the House, the process moves to the Senate for trial.
12 released a series of memos providing legal arguments that defend President Donald Trump's immunity from congressional subpoena related to the impeachment inquiry. Most Republicans argued that the Biden's should be susceptible to inquires regarding Hunter Biden's tenure as a board member on one of Ukraine's largest oil companies, and also tried to downplay whether or not Trump's acts threatened national security measures.
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Mr Trump has repeatedly denied doing anything wrong during a July phonecall with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed Ukraine to investigate Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night that the Senate would be able to wait to hold the trial until after Christmas in the event of a House vote before the holiday.
CNN's Poppy Harlow asked Gerhardt "how normal or abnormal is it for the Senate Majority Leader to work in, what he said, was lockstep, essentially, with the White House on a senate trial". On that final vote, 67 votes would be needed to convict Trump and remove him from office.