Nadler’s full opening statement in House Judiciary markup of the impeachment articles

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WATCH: Nadler’s full opening statement in House Judiciary markup of the impeachment articles

The House Judiciary Committee became the scene of new partisan fighting Thursday as lawmakers pressed ahead with two articles of impeachment against Trump, as polling indicated a majority of Americans opposed impeaching and removing the president from office.

Democrats have introduced two articles of impeachment, charging that Trump abused the powers of his office by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Zaino expressed opposition to the Democrats' impeachment efforts, although she said she was not fond of Trump.

Trump also sought an investigation by Ukraine into a discredited theory promoted by Russian Federation that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 USA election.

Mr Trump is accused of trying to force Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into his political rival Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the White House next year; and obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House investigation.

Democrats chided Republicans for their loyalty to Mr Trump.

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It names nine officials who Trump directed not to comply with House subpoenas for testimony preventing investigators from obtaining a full picture of Trump's actions. "We don't believe that's a high crime and misdemeanor", she continued. "Every impeachment except. this one has been conducted by outside counsel".

"I didn't call for impeachment when the president shut down our government or tried to rip health care from those with preexisting conditions or embarrassed us on the world stage or pardoned political cronies", he said.

"I would be totally surprised if there were 67 senators to remove the president", McConnell said in a weekly press conference, "That remains my view".

The outcome in the House Judiciary Committee is essentially a fait accompli, with the majority-Democratic panel expected to reject all Republican efforts to change the articles and approve the charges, sending them to the entire House of Representatives for passage next week.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), one of Congress's most ardent supporters of impeachment, declared Wednesday that President Donald Trump's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was "an affront" to civil rights icons such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Cohen, who previously described President Trump as a "reckless gangster", said late last month that the House could vote a second time to remove the president if evidence of wrongdoing was revealed.

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'Now I think we can all agree that no president should abuse the powers of his or her office.

McConnell, a close Trump ally, says no decision has been made over how to conduct the trial.

"This isn't just using the president's power to benefit himself", Tribe said, "but it's doing that in a way that endangers our national security, and that corrupts the electoral process by inviting foreign involvement". All of us in flyover country.

How the trial might proceed remains to be seen.

But it was not yet clear whether Trump was ready to abandon his demand for witnesses, such as Biden, which would trigger demands from Democrats for high-profile Trump administration witnesses.

Senate Republicans and the White House had been "going back and forth" over whether to call witnesses, a White House legislative aide told Al Jazeera after meeting privately with Republicans.

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Public support for impeachment has largely fallen along party lines, with the most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing it. Independents, meanwhile, have started to swing in Trump's favor.

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