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Live updates: Trump impeached by the House on both articles

A day after Trump derided the process as a Democratic "crusade," and following hours of debates, the House is set to send both articles to the Senate for trial.
Image: The House of Representatives will vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives will vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.Chelsea Stahl / NBC News

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote followed weeks of testimony related to his dealings with Ukraine and hours of fiery debate over the process.

Trump is only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. Follow us here for all of the latest breaking news and analysis on impeachment from NBC News' political reporters, as well as our teams on Capitol Hill and at the White House.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Pelosi and other lawmakers seen wearing black ahead of impeachment vote

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969d ago / 4:02 PM UTC
Image: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to the House floor before a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 18, 2019.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to the House floor before a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 18, 2019.Patrick Semansky / AP

House Speak Nancy Pelosi was seen wearing black ahead of the full House impeachment vote. 

As Pelosi walked from her office to the House chamber, she said she was "sad" about the day's proceedings and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said that the dark clothing is to reflect that it’s not a day to celebrate.

Female members informally talked about wearing dark clothing today, she said.

Other lawmakers were seen wearing black or dark colors as both parties argue for and against impeachment. Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., gave an impassioned speech against impeachment on the floor wearing black.

 

969d ago / 3:47 PM UTC

Dems block GOP motions on vote procedure, speaking time

969d ago / 3:44 PM UTC

Republicans just tried to make two unanimous consent requests to change the process around today’s vote. Both were blocked by Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., who controls the time. 

The first request was from Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the House Republican Conference chair, who requested that votes be done one at a time, with members standing and saying their votes out loud, on camera (members vote by electronic card).

The second request was to double the amount of debate time and make sure each member had a set amount of time to speak if they want. 

969d ago / 3:27 PM UTC

Gaetz: We'll lose the vote but we won the argument

969d ago / 3:18 PM UTC

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of Trump's staunchest congressional allies, conceded in a Wednesday tweet that Republicans will lose the impeachment vote Wednesday but claimed they've "won" the argument.

"Today, we will not win the vote, but we have won the argument," he tweeted. "Our country has been divided and distracted with no crime, no victim, and a terrible process."

Why is Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette presiding over floor debate?

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969d ago / 3:15 PM UTC

Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi asked Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to preside over the floor debate as speaker pro tempore. 

DeGette was chosen for the role because she is a master at presiding, is the Democrats' toughest speaker pro tem and has been preparing for this debate for weeks, a senior Democratic aide said. 

DeGette, 62, has represented Colorado’s First Congressional District — which contains all of Denver and many of its suburbs — since 1997. She is a former chief deputy whip for House Democrats and currently sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

Before serving in the House, DeGette served two terms in the Colorado state House, according to her official House biography.

As rule debate got underway, Speaker Pelosi arrived on the House floor at roughly 10:12 a.m. She is in the back corner of the chamber on the Democratic side talking to staff and members.

969d ago / 3:10 PM UTC

Democrats table GOP resolution condemning Nadler, Schiff

969d ago / 3:07 PM UTC

Democrats successfully tabled a resolution that had been introduced by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on the floor Wednesday that sought to condemn the actions by the Democratic chairmen of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

Democrats tabled the privileged resolution in a 226-191 vote. 

In a tweet, McCarthy said that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., abused their power during the impeachment inquiry. 

Jolly: GOP delay tactics are like the 'tantrum of a child'

969d ago / 2:58 PM UTC

Grisham explains why Trump wrote letter to Pelosi

969d ago / 2:42 PM UTC

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Wednesday that Trump wrote his six-page letter to Pelosi lambasting her and the impeachment process because “it was very important to him that he put it down in writing so that it would be safe for future generations.” 

Grisham, in an interview with “Fox and Friends,” added that “this is a sad day and he wanted to make sure that he put down exactly what they're doing. A president is about to be impeached for partisan political reasons and that alone.

Grisham also took a shot at Pelosi, saying that she moved forward with impeachment because she was “held hostage by a very, very radical group within the Democratic Party, and I think that she was pressured to do so.”

“She overplayed her hand, and now she has to see it through,” Grisham said.

Protesters start gathering outside the Capitol

969d ago / 2:39 PM UTC
Image: As the House gavels in to impeach President Donald Trump,protesters gather outside the Capitol on Dec. 18, 2019.
As the House gavels in to impeach President Donald Trump, protesters gather outside the Capitol on Dec. 18, 2019.Frank Thorp V / NBC News

  

Democrats block GOP motion to adjourn

969d ago / 2:38 PM UTC

Minutes after the House floor opened Wednesday, Republicans called for a motion to adjourn the House for the day, and they called for a roll call vote. 

Democrats blocked the motion in a 226-188 vote.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, made the motion as he was surrounded by a number of other conservatives on the floor including former Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. 

During the debate over impeachment Wednesday, Republicans are expected to offer motions on the floor that will delay the final votes on the articles.

969d ago / 2:37 PM UTC

 

House chaplain delivers prayer on floor: 'Give them wisdom and discernment'

969d ago / 2:31 PM UTC

The Rev. Patrick Conroy, the House chaplain, opened the floor Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET with a prayer in which he asked for guidance for the men and women of the people’s House "as they consider important legislation" and constitutional action. 

“Give them wisdom and discernment,” he said. “Help them to realize that your constituency is wider and broader than ever we could measure or determine.”

“Help them, and help us all to put away any judgments that belong to you and do what we can to live together in harmony,” Conroy added.

House gavels in, votes on GOP motion to adjourn

969d ago / 2:16 PM UTC

The House gaveled in at 9 a.m. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, made a motion to adjourn, which the House is now voting on. Democrats will kill the motion, and then members will begin one hour of debate on the rule for consideration of the articles of impeachment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to preside over the floor debate as speaker pro tempore, an aide to the speaker said. Pelosi will speak at the opening of general debate and will preside over both votes on the articles of impeachment.

DeGette was chosen for the role because she is a master at presiding, is the Democrats' toughest speaker pro tem and has been preparing for this debate for weeks, a senior Democratic aide said. 

969d ago / 2:00 PM UTC

First Read: Impeachment caps a dark and dysfunctional decade in American politics

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969d ago / 1:52 PM UTC

It’s only fitting that the decade is coming to an end with an impeachment vote against the president of the United States, because it’s been a dark 10 years in American politics.

And it’s gotten progressively worse, especially in the last three years.

Consider this timeline of controversy, gridlock, outrage and resentment in our politics. Add them all up, and it’s easily the darkest decade in politics since the 1960s. And think of anyone in their 20s right now — it’s all they’ve seen.

Get more of First Read here and here.

Schiff condemns Trump's 'lack of morality'

969d ago / 1:23 PM UTC

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff,  whose panel led the investigation into Trump's Ukraine dealings at the center of Democrats' abuse of power argument, joked Wednesday that the passage of President Donald Trump's scorched-earth letter that focused on Schiff was "probably the nicest thing" Trump had "to say about me" in some time.

"This president does nothing but project onto others his lack of morality," Schiff, D-Calif., told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" of Trump's Tuesday letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Read more from Schiff's interview here

Trump on impeachment: 'Can you believe...'

969d ago / 1:15 PM UTC

 

President Donald Trump expressed disbelief on Twitter ahead of Wednesday's historic vote that the House is set to formally impeach him for his conduct involving Ukraine.

Read the full story here.

Impeachment rewind: What we learned from House Intelligence Committee hearings

970d ago / 12:49 PM UTC

From Wednesday Nov. 13 to Thursday Nov. 21, Americans were glued to their televisions, computers and streaming devices, as the House Intelligence Committee held a series of long public hearings as part of a broader Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Click here for a look back on all the things we learned from two jam-packed weeks of public testimony.

McConnell rejects Democrats' call for new witnesses in a Senate trial

970d ago / 12:33 PM UTC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped House Democrats' impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as the "most unfair" in U.S. history a day ahead of the impeachment vote, rejecting the Democratic minority's call for new witnesses as part of a Senate trial.

"It is not the Senate's job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to guilty," McConnell, R-Ky., said. 

Also Tuesday, he reporters he would not be an "impartial juror" if an impeachment trial is held in the GOP-led Senate. "I think we're going to get an almost entirely partisan impeachment," he added.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had requested that the Senate, during its trial, call former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, as well as two others, to testify about Trump’s Ukraine dealings.

Read more here.

970d ago / 12:24 PM UTC

Giuliani boasts of ousting Yovanovitch, reveals more details on what he says he told Trump

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970d ago / 12:13 PM UTC

Rudy Giuliani, after telling publications that he engineered U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's ouster because she was an obstacle to investigations desired by his client President Donald Trump, claimed Tuesday that she "needed to be removed for many reasons."

"Yovanovitch needed to be removed for many reasons most critical she was denying visas to Ukrainians who wanted to come to US and explain Dem corruption in Ukraine," Giuliani said on Twitter. "She was OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE and that’s not the only thing she was doing. She at minimum enabled Ukrainian collusion."

Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, was tweeting after two news outlets published interviews with him Monday in which he revealed more details about his involvement in Yovanovitch's abrupt removal from her post, as well as what he says Trump knew.

For the full story click here

'Crusade,' 'spiteful,': Trump lambastes Pelosi over impeachment in rambling letter

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970d ago / 12:03 PM UTC

President Donald Trump on Tuesday excoriated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her effort to have him impeached, calling it a partisan “crusade,” an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power” and a “spiteful” “election-nullification scheme.”

In a rambling six-page letter, Trump accused Pelosi of having “cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment” and said she was “declaring open war on American Democracy” by pursuing his impeachment.

“You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme — yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build,” Trump wrote.

“It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!” Trump added in the blistering and brooding letter, which contained 16 exclamation points.

For the full story click here 

970d ago / 12:01 PM UTC

 

How the House vote will unfold

970d ago / 12:00 PM UTC

INTRO

Following an introduction of the House resolution, there will be roughly six hours of debate on the articles, with time equally divided and controlled by Chairman Nadler and ranking Republican, Rep. Doug Collins, or their respective designees.

THE VOTES

There will be a separate vote for each article of impeachment. Once that is finished, and likely passed, Nadler will appoint House members to serve as "managers," or prosecutors, for the Senate trial. This can be debated for 10 minutes, also equally divided between the Judiciary Chair and ranking Republican.  

MAGIC MINUTES

Speaker Pelosi, GOP Leader McCarthy and Majority Leader Hoyer are permitted to speak as long as they would like on the House floor and it does NOT count towards the 6 hours of debate. So basically the clock stops again when those three speak.