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House makes impeachment drive official


House members vote on an impeachment resolution on Thursday morning. Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik

House makes impeachment drive official

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday formalizing the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Lawmakers mostly stuck to party lines, with no Republicans voting for the resolution. Two Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, voted against it. Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted for the resolution.

Why are they taking this vote now? House committees have investigated the president since September, but Democratic leaders have so far resisted a floor vote. The vote pins down all lawmakers, including those from swing districts, on the impeachment issue. Republicans and the White House have criticized Democrats for investigating without setting up official rules, arguing they made the process unduly secretive.

“With today’s vote, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing more than enshrine unacceptable violations of due process into House rules,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

The resolution empowers the House Intelligence Committee to hold televised hearings and release witness transcripts. The House Judiciary Committee will be responsible for drafting articles of impeachment.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew analyzing the key questions in the impeachment investigation.


Harvest Prude

Harvest is a former political reporter for WORLD’s Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate.

@HarvestPrude

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Salty1

You are not following the news if you don't know what the truth is. For starters, why don't you read the transcript of the phone call made by President Trump and tell us what exactly was wrong with it. Are you going to believe Schiff and Pelosi or Jordon and Nunes? One group believes in aborting babies, telling lies, not allowing "due process" for the accused, and pushing propaganda. The other are known for their integrity and honesty. 

AlanE

Here in middle America, it's hard to say what the truth is. From now until election time, it's probably not going to get any easier to say what it is. I guess you do like the politicians have done and pick your "truth." We have reached the absurd. The best solution might be to vote them all out and start over with candidates who refuse social media accounts.