Pelosi demands Trump impeachment trial info before sending charges

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Wednesday's vote shifts the impeachment proceedings to the Senate, where a trial is expected in January.

The House of Representatives voted yesterday evening to impeach President Donald Trump on account of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But no president has ever been removed from office as a direct result of impeachment.

It also accuses White House officials of seeking to "lock down" access to the call transcript because of its politically sensitive nature.

"There will be no difference from the president's position and our position", he said.

"By the way", he told the crowd, "it doesn't feel like I'm being impeached".

Compared to the previous two impeachments in United States history, Trump had more votes against him than either of his predecessors - Bill Clinton in 1998, and Andrew Johnson in 1868.

"We can not name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side, and we hope that will be soon", Pelosi said. "A awful thing", Mr Trump said in his opening tweet. Trump said Debbie Dingell had thanked him for "A-plus treatment" after her husband's death, telling Trump that if her husband were looking down he would be thrilled.

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Brian Fallon, a former aide to Schumer, said in past negotiations, McConnell has shown an "intricate knowledge" of congressional procedure and the ability to cut deals with Democrats, but in a way that they get blamed if voters do not respond well. "This is historic, as you note, in many ways including the fact that it is the first purely partisan impeachment", she told host Margaret Brennan. Republican-turned-independent Rep. Justin Amash of MI voted to impeach Trump on both counts. "Now I'm a Republican", said Jared Kushner, who was a Democrat before helping steer his father-in-law's surprise victory three years ago. Or just a rubber stamp maneuver to smear the duly elected president, whom Democrats have promised to impeach since his 2016 election? She said the founders suspected there could be a rogue president when they drafted the Constitution, but "I don't think they expected that we could have a rogue president and a rogue leader in the Senate at the same time".

After months of a whistleblower report, investigations, hearings and now a vote to impeach Trump, there is basically no evidence the revelations have cost Trump support. He is believed to have threatened to withhold military aid to pressure Ukraine into opening an investigation into former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's business dealings regarding Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. She said Trump used the process to further corrode people's trust in the government.

The Democratic speaker and the top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY, met privately today at the Capitol after Republican Senate Leader McConnell signaled in the strongest terms yet that his chamber meant to hold a swift trial and acquit the president of both charges.

McConnell previously said he was not an "impartial juror".

Pelosi, once reluctant to lead Democrats into a partisan impeachment, gaveled both votes closed, seeing the effort to its House conclusion, even at risk to her majority and her speakership.

She even suggested that the famously television-obsessed Republican would skip live coverage of the House of Representatives, whereby evening he was likely to become only the third U.S. president ever impeached. Asked if it was risky for the GOP to unanimously align itself with Trump, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a member of House GOP leadership, said, "There is absolutely zero peril for the Republican Party to align itself with the Constitution".

Fewer than half of Americans want Trump removed from office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-poll-exclusive/less-than-half-of-all-americans-want-trump-ousted-post-impeachment-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1YN2LH released on Thursday. "The president is an ongoing threat to our national security, and the integrity of our elections, the basis of our democracy".

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