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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gavels the close of the vote on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Dem press conference
House Democrats held their own press conference after the vote, defending their decision to move forward with the impeachment process.
„The founding fathers understood that a leader might take hold of the Oval Office who would sacrifice the national security, who would fail to defend the Constitution, who would place his personal and political interests above the interests of the country,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters. „They understood that might happen. And it provided a mechanism to deal with it, and that mechanism is called impeachment.”
„We take no joy in having to move down this road,” Schiff added. „But neither do we shrink from it.”
GOP press conference
During a GOP press conference after the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., quoted Pelosi.
„In March, Speaker Pelosi said this about impeachment: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path,” McCarthy said.
„Today the country just witnessed the only bipartisan vote on that floor was against,” he said. „What has changed since March? In all the hearings there is nothing compelling, nothing overwhelming. So the speaker should follow her own words of a bipartisan vote on that floor and end the sham that has been putting this country through this nightmare.”
Ivanka Trump responds to impeachment vote
“…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.” -Thomas Jefferson’s reflections on Washington, D.C. in a letter to his daughter Martha.
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Reminder: It is Halloween
As House Democrats prepare to officially blow up their Majority with impeachment, @RepKatiePorter is prancing around dressed as Batman.
This is how seriously these clowns are taking impeachment. #CA45 https://www.nrcc.org/2019/10/31/pics-why-the-hell-is-katie-porter-dressed-as-batman/ …4,648 people are talking about this
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wields the gavel as she presides over the vote on a resolution that sets up the next steps in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters)
White House blasts Democrats
House passes resolution
The House on Thursday passed a resolution to establish formal procedures for the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s alleged political interference in foreign aid to Ukraine.
The 232-196 vote fell mostly along party lines, with former Republican and current independent Rep. Justin Amash voting yes, and two moderate Democrats voting no: Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.