BREAKING: House Impeaches President Trump

Ameera Butt
December 18, 2019 - 6:23 pm
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After hours of debate, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump on article one, abuse of power and article two, obstruction of Congress.  

Trump now faces a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Trump is the third president in American history to face impeachment by the House.

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The vote comes after the House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment last week. 

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Founding Fathers' vision was being threatened by the President in the White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff spoke to KNX In-Depth Wednesday about the historic day in Congress and what's in the national interest of the country:

"If you read the letter, it looks like he's very unwell There's not much that makes sense, it's a long rambling diatribe with a lot of exclamation points, " Schiff said when referring to Trump's recent letter to Pelosi. "The president grievously abused his power by shaking down a foreign leader, attempting to, by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to get that foreign leader to try to help him cheat in the next election. As one the expert witnesses testified 'if that's not impeachable, then nothing is.'"

Schiff said "it's clear what we need to do is protect the integrity of the next election as well as protect our national security and that is to impeach this president."

 

As recently as Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell rejected additional White House official witnesses suggested by the Democrats during the Senate portion of the trial.

It is presumed that the House will also vote to empower Speaker Nancy Pelosi to name impeachment managers, who will be identified in a few days. Managers are House members who present the findings and act as prosecutors to the Senate. Senators have the option of holding a trial and can convict, remove, or acquit the president from office. 

Wednesday ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos also joined KNX In-Depth.

Papadopoulos dismissed the impeachment of President Trump as a is a waste of time, adding that he thinks it is "going to hurt the Democrats in 2020." 

When asking if he would meet with Papadopoulos, Schiff told the hosts he would not. 

"Honestly, I probably wouldn't take that opportunity. This is someone, after all, who plead guilty to lying to the FBI so whether you could rely on anything he would tell you is rather in question," Schiff said. "But yes, the beginning of this investigation owes a lot to George Papadopoulos. He is the one that related the conversation he had with a Maltese professor with links to Russia, that the Russians were in possession of Clinton emails or information that would be damaging to Clinton which they could anonymously provide to the Trump campaign or anonymously provide to the public and the revelation of that conversation is what began the investigation. As the AG report makes clear that has nothing to do with steel dossier it had everything to do with Mr. Papadopoulos and his interactions with this Maltese professor with Russian links."

KNX asked Papadopoulos about his guilt regarding lying to the FBI. 

Papadopoulos is now aiming to be a member of congress from SoCal. Host Charles Feldman asked him what he knew about the state -- did he even know where Disneyland was? 

The House Judiciary Committee released a full report Monday, which formally laid the groundwork for the vote, saying Trump “betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections," according to an AP story.

Trump has maintained he has done nothing wrong. He has dismissed the claims and report as a "witch hunt" and a "scam," taking to Twitter to write "READ THE TRANSCRIPTS! The Impeachment Hoax is the greatest con job in the history of American politics! The Fake News Media, and their partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to make life for the United Republican Party, and all it stands for, as difficult as possible!"

Democrats allege that Trump allegedly abused presidential powers during his interactions with Ukraine -- by using aid to ask President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate not only former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, but also investigate meddling in the 2016 election. 

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee also heard from the Intelligence Committee and both sides' lawyers and their investigative findings.

The committee also spent more than 14 hours last week going back and forth over the amendments to the articles of impeachment.

The Senate trial is expected next month where Republicans would have the chance to acquit Trump.