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Trump impeachment: Analysis and news on the House charges and Senate acquittal of the president

The Senate trial on the two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, ended with acquittal on both charges.
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The fast-moving impeachment of President Donald Trump, stemming from his dealings with Ukraine, moved to the Senate for trial in January after the House voted a month earlier to adopt two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Senate voted in early February to acquit the president on both charges.

Trump's impeachment followed weeks of testimony related to his efforts to press Ukraine for investigations into Democratic rivals and hours of fiery debate over the process.

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

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House conducting procedural vote. The vote on the resolution is next.

The House is currently conducting a procedural vote. It will last about 20 minutes and is not the vote on whether to adopt the impeachment resolution that sets up the public phase of the inquiry.

That vote will occur after this vote has concluded and will last about five minutes.

Trump lashes out as House inches toward impeachment resolution vote

McCarthy: Democrats using impeachment to 'undo last election' and 'influence the next one'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in fiery remarks slammed his Democratic colleagues for using the impeachment inquiry to "attempt to undo the last election" and “influence the next one."

He said Congress was "abusing its power to discredit democracy" and was portraying "the president’s legitimate actions as an impeachable offense."

"Elections have consequences," McCarthy said. "Our fellow Americans used their vote to choose who will work for them."

"We’re one year away from an election," he said moments later. "Why do you not trust the people? Why do you not allow the people to have a voice?"

He ended by saying, "I guess it’s only fitting you take this vote on Halloween" — a line that prompted resounding applause from his Republican colleagues.

More Democrats than Republicans in the chamber

There are way more Democrats than Republicans in the chamber watching the debate ahead of the vote. Several Republicans are laughing, some in a mocking way.

White House working 'nonstop' to shore up GOP support in face of vote

The White House this morning is keyed in on the significant vote happening on the House floor — and aides believe four or five Democrats could cross party lines to vote with Republicans, according to an administration source.

Another White House aide says the administration has been working “nonstop” to shore up Republican support since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the vote: President Trump has met with more than 60 House Republicans face to face over the last two weeks and made numerous phone calls to Republicans, we’re told.

It was also the president who directed acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to meet with 30 Republican members at Camp David almost two weeks ago.

Read the full story here.

Pelosi defends resolution's rules, responding to GOP complaints they're not fair to Trump

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended the rules in the impeachment resolution Thursday ahead of the floor vote on the measure, responding to GOP complaints that they're not fair to President Donald Trump and Republicans. 

“These rules are fairer than anything that has gone before in terms of an impeachment proceeding,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. 

Pelosi spoke to reporters before the floor vote, which she is expected to preside over — a rare move for the House speaker.

Pelosi declined to answer any additional questions “about what the Republicans say” regarding the resolution. She began her comments by stating that "no one" comes to Congress planning to impeach a president. 

But she blasted Trump for acting as if he can do whatever he wants, ignoring the Constitution. 

“We will proceed with the facts, the truth,” she said about the impeachment inquiry. “This is a sad day.”

Rep. Norma Torres brings her own graphic

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., appeared next to a graphic of Trump that refers to his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked Volodymyr for a "favor." That call is at the center of Democrats' impeachment efforts.

Rep. Norma Torres, D-CA, speaks during a House resolution vote on Oct. 31, 2019.

Nadler slams Trump, saying his actions 'represent a profound offense against the Constitution'

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose committee would oversee the creation of articles of impeachment, used his time to condemn the president and lay out the allegations being made against him.

It is “indefensible for any official to demand that an ally investigate his or her political adversaries,” Nadler said — a reference to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

If the allegations against Trump are found to be true, he said, it “would represent a profound offense against the Constitution and the people of this country.”

Steve Scalise criticizes inquiry as 'Soviet-Style impeachment'

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., delivered a fierce criticism of the impeachment proceeding as he stood next to a  graphic featuring an image of Moscow's Red Square and a hammer and sickle in an attempt to demonize Democrats' efforts as "Soviet-style."

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