Pelosi says House Democrats moving forward with articles of impeachment
Nancy Pelosi has just announced that she is asking the committee chairs leading the impeachment inquiry to move forward with articles of impeachment against Trump.
“Today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said in her statement.
But the House speaker did not specify a timeline for a vote on impeachment.
Pelosi says Trump ‘abused his power’
In her statement on the impeachment inquiry, Nancy Pelosi outlined the allegations against Trump and argued the president abused his power.
“The facts are uncontested,” Pelosi said. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.”
Pelosi now delivering her statement
Nancy Pelosi is now delivering her statement on the impeachment inquiry, kicking off with a history lesson on the Founders’ desire to avoid a monarchy in America — echoing the legal experts who testified before the House judiciary committee yesterday.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi should be delivering her statement on the impeachment inquiry any moment now, but C-SPAN is indicating we might still need to wait a bit.
Pelosi to deliver statement on impeachment
Good morning, live-blog readers!
Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to deliver a statement on the impeachment inquiry at 9am ET, just a day after the House speaker held a closed-door meeting with her caucus during which Democrats reportedly signaled they are ready to advance toward a vote on impeachment.
And Donald Trump has a request on that front. The president was tweeting this morning that he would prefer an accelerated timeline for a House impeachment vote, so that the matter can move on to the Senate, where he will likely be acquitted. “I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair … trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business,” Trump said.
It’s seeming increasingly likely that House Democrats will be able to stick to their schedule of holding a vote on impeachment by the end of the year, which means Trump’s Christmas present could be the unfortunate honor of becoming the fourth US president to ever be impeached by the House.
Here’s what else the blog is keeping its eye on:
- Trump will have a lunch with permanent representatives of the UN security council and later speak at both the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and a White House Christmas reception.
- Ivanka Trump will tour the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis with Governor Eric Holcomb.
- House minority leader Kevin McCarthy will hold his weekly press conference at 11.30am ET.
There’s much more coming up, so stay tuned.