Defiant Trump holds record-long rally on impeachment day

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It's perhaps no surprise that no Republicans voted to impeach and no GOP senators will likely vote to remove him from office; those are very serious punishments even if they think Trump did something wrong.

The Trump campaign raised $5 million on the day House Democrats voted to impeach the president on two counts, according to campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Earlier, under the dome of the US Capitol, Democrats and Republicans invoked the nation's founding fathers, quoted the pledge of allegiance, and drew parallels with previous impeachments and past wars as they took turns in an over six-hour debate to sum up their decision on whether to impeach.

Following the party-line votes on two articles of impeachment - on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - stars of all political stripes took to Twitter to express their views. They point out that there were no live witnesses at the 1999 impeachment trial of Democratic then-President Bill Clinton.

It also accuses White House officials of seeking to "lock down" access to the call transcript because of its politically sensitive nature. In a meme of himself, the president tweeted, "In reality, they're not after me, they're after you", said the text over a black-and-white photo of the president. Trump told the raucous crowd of supporters: "It doesn't really feel like we're being impeached".

Mr Trump has now officially joined a very unique club and earned a special place in the history books becoming only the third USA president ever to be impeached.

Fighting back using McConnell's own words, Schumer said the Republican leader was plotting the "most rushed, least thorough and most unfair" impeachment trial in history by declining to agree to call witnesses, including former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, who declined to testify before the House. "Because that's another level in terms of conviction, in terms of this", Pelosi said. "He's looking down. He'd be so thrilled" said Trump, impersonating Dingell.

Many posts on the platform attracted hundreds of shares and likes, with a popular upload being the 2014 tweet from Trump which asked: "Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?" "I could not be prouder or more inspired than by the moral courage of the House Democrats", she said.

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Trump claimed polling showed him leading all potential Democratic opponents for next fall's election.

The day of dramatic and often angry oratory saw both sides delving deep into Constitutional law, citing the country's hallowed founders Benjamin Franklin or Alexander Hamilton, as outside Congress protesters clamored for impeachment. In a statement released after the articles passed, Gabbard lambasted the bipolar choice presented to lawmakers on impeachment.

Pelosi and the Democrats are "having their say tonight", he said, "but the Republican Senate is going to have their say in January".

He warned Democrats that in November next year America will "turn up to vote Pelosi the hell out of office". Those two and freshman Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of ME also voted against the second article.

As Trump spoke - seemingly unaware for a stretch that the votes had been tallied - the House moved to impeach him on two counts. It has long deviated from the original intention of the U.S. Constitution, especially the design of the "separation of powers" and has become a weapon of the rivalry between the legislative and executive agencies, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Polls indicate the public is divided over whether Trump should be impeached and removed from office, though opinions have generally remained steady.

"We're ready when we see what they have", she told a news conference.

But Speaker Pelosi told reporters that she wanted to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would lay out the trial before she sent over the articles.

"And that's not necessarily the Republican Party that I've been part of and been a funder for, for many years", he said.

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