US House votes to formalise Trump impeachment process

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The vote laid down the rules as lawmakers transition from weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses to public hearings and ultimately to possible votes on whether to recommend Trump's removal from office. He is one of several moderates who flipped a GOP district - by a margin of 8 points - to win his seat in the 2018 midterms.

GOP leaders called the rules "Speaker Pelosi's sham process created to discredit the Democratic process" in their daily impeachment email to lawmakers.

"She [Pelosi] and her Democratic colleagues are using the impeachment process as a weapon of partisan political battle, rather than as the means to defend the Constitution our Framers meant it to be", the statement from the coalition read. They can try to misrepresent, but the fact is: "This is a process that is expanded opportunity for them to show anything that is exculpatory to prove the innocent of the president", she said.

"Impeachment is a really, really, really high bar", Van Drew says.

In testimony last week, Taylor also said that Morrison had confided to him on September 7 that he had a "sinking feeling" after a phone conversation in which Trump told another ambassador he wanted Zelenskiy to "go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference". He also faces a 2020 challenge from Minnesota's conservative former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach. "Right now there's no "inquiry" because a vote hasn't been taken".

"We will make every effort to make sure that notwithstanding the president or his allies' desire to out and exact political revenge on this whistleblower, that our committee is never used for that goal", Schiff said in a brief statement to reporters, as quoted by Reuters.

"I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair". No Republicans supported it.

Only one Democrat represents a district more heavily Republican than Peterson, Rep.

Former White House Independent Counsel Ken Starr tells "Outnumbered Overtime" host Harris Faulkner that House Democrats "jumped the gun" on impeachment.

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Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy questioned Pelosi's focus on impeachment, saying the legacy of the Democrat-led House will be "more subpoenas than laws".

"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country", she declared.

Stefanik wrote on Twitter: "It further empowers [House Intelligence Chairman] Adam Schiff and further limits Members of Congress participation in this broken process".

Congressman Matt Gaetz has filed an ethics complaint against House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff.

"We take no joy going down this road", he added, "but neither do we shrink from it".

The third-term lawmaker previously criticized the lack of a formal vote, and contends Republicans have been shut out of the process by being denied access to witnesses and documents.

The inquiry now moves into the public eye - giving Americans the chance to hear on live television the evidence against Mr Trump.

Democratic leaders in Congress declined to say when public hearings would start, but they are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Wednesday that this was "false" and again called the impeachment hearings a "sham".

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