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‘I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment’: Pelosi’s Announcement, Yesterday’s Hearing And More




U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump during her weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discusses the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump during her weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

’’Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said somberly. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.”

Pelosi delivered the historic announcement in solemn tones, drawing on the Constitution and the Founding Fathers, as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly before Christmas.

We recap yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing and look ahead to what’s to come. 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Siobhan Hughes, congressional reporter for the Wall Street Journal; she tweets @siobhanehughes

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @jpitney

Amanda Renteria, president of Emerge America, a national organization that works to identify and train Democratic women who want to run for political office; she is the former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has been a staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); she tweets @AmandaRenteria

Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor of law at Santa Clara Law, where he specializes in constitutional and immigration law

Tuan Samahon, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in Pennsylvania  

John Malcolm, vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government and director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.  

Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, and co-author of Impeachment: An American History (Penguin Random House, 2018); he tweets @jeffreyaengel