Republican names alleged whistleblower in Trump impeachment hearing, sparking fury

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler

A full vote by the Democratic-run House next week will likely make him the third U.S. president ever impeached.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he would be "totally surprised" if there were the necessary 67 votes in the chamber to convict Mr Trump, and signalled options for a swift trial.

"It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide - and again, 51 members could make that decision - that they've heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment", he said.

Republicans decried the impeachment case as "hot garbage", while one Democrat accused the president of a "constitutional crime spree".

During Thursday's committee meeting, any member is able to offer amendments to the articles of impeachment, and the entire body can then debate it.

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Trump, apparently watching the live proceedings on television, tweeted his criticism of two Democratic women on the panel, Reps.

McConnell said on the Senate floor on Wednesday the trial would be the "first order of business in January" if the House approves the articles of impeachment in December as expected.

According to Tribe, Trump's repeated requests of Ukraine to launch a public investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential race, embodied the wrongful use of the office that the writers of the Constitution meant to be cause for impeachment.

As the pressure campaign mounted, the Trump administration froze almost $400 million in military aid already allocated by Congress and promised a White House meeting for Ukraine's president.

Democrats spent much of the evening chiding Republicans for their loyalty to Trump. A running average of polls of U.S. public opinion compiled by RealClearPolitics.com suggests 47 percent of Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46 percent say he should not be impeached.

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Mr Trump tweeted that to impeach a president "who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness". Well, they can't take away universal suffrage, but they can do whatever it takes - cheat in elections, gerrymander legislative districts, suppress the vote, finance a fascist propaganda apparatus like Fox News and shield offenders like Trump - in order to devalue or eliminate all votes that aren't cast by white male conservatives and their wives. Slotkin was heckled by constituents during a town hall in October for her impeachment defense, and said Wednesday that "the phones are ringing off the hook" from people on both sides of the issue.

He would remain in office, however, pending a trial in the Senate.

They have agreed to the language, which spans only nine pages and says that Trump acted "corruptly" and "betrayed the nation" when he asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and the 2016 USA election. That benefited Russia over the U.S.as America's ally fought Russian aggression, the Democrats said.

The newspaper's editorial board said it has "made no secret of our low regard for Trump's character and conduct".

"It's likely that most Republicans think the President did have partisan motives and did push the boundaries of executive power".

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