Articles of impeachment against President Trump unveiled

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10:29 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

Democrats announce a trade deal just moments after introducing articles of impeachment

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Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

About an hour after revealing articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic House members announced that they have reached an agreement with the White House on the USMCA trade deal.

"This is a day we've all been working to and working for on the path to "Yes,"" Pelosi said at a press conference to announce the deal.

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10:16 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

White House says Trump will "address these false charges" at Senate trial

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement following the news the morning that Democratic leaders will bring two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“The announcement of two baseless articles of impeachment does not hurt the President, it hurts the American people, who expect their elected officials to work on their behalf to strengthen our Nation," she said in a statement.

"The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong," Grisham said.
10:23 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

Trump lashes out following announcement of articles of impeachment

The President is lashing out on Twitter following Democrats' announcement unveiling articles of impeachment against Trump.

In two tweets, Trump wrote "WITCH HUNT!" and called the Democrats' accusations against him "ridiculous" and "not true."

What Trump's talking about: The President is likely referencing his July 25 call with the President of Ukraine.

Democrats say the July 25 timeline provides a damning account of presidential abuses of office. Trump maintains his behavior was "perfect." You can read more about what we know about that day here.

9:54 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

White House chief of staff on impeachment: "This is a political process, not a legal process"

Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was the first White House official to react to House Democrats introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump.

During a live question-and-answer session with the Wall Street Journal, Mulvaney called the articles of impeachment “very specific,” saying, “They should surprise nobody. That’s what this was going to be from the very beginning anyway.” 

“Here’s my point… this is a political process, not a legal process. It’s not judicial,” Mulvaney continued.

When asked about EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s claims and testimony that Mulvaney was looped in on all Ukraine matters, Mulvaney said:

“I’m not going to testify here today, but I will remind everybody of what Sondland said, which is that he very rarely talked to me and couldn’t get me on the phone.” 

“Part of me really wants to” Mulvaney said when asked whether he would testify. “We’ll do whatever the president wants us to do is what it comes down to. So if the Senate decides to take live witness, and the president direct us to do it we will. If he directs us not to, we won’t.” 

9:45 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

Trump is the fourth US president to face impeachment

Now that the articles of impeachment have been unveiled, Trump is officially the fourth US President in history to face impeachment.

  • Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1869.
  • Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998.
  • Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, when it was clear impeachment was coming.
9:36 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

Trump campaign: "Democrats are putting on this political theater" because they can't win in 2020

Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement moments ago after House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

“Americans don’t agree with this rank partisanship, but Democrats are putting on this political theater because they don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it,” Parscale said.
9:31 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

Democrats didn't take questions after their impeachment announcement

The Democratic chairs who just announced articles of impeachment against President Trump retreated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office after their news conference without taking questions.

They continued to decline to comment.

House Democrats are scheduled to hold their weekly news conference at 10:15 a.m. ET. Questions about impeachment will likely come up.

9:29 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

The allegations in the Mueller report are NOT in articles of impeachment

Democrats just unveiled two articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

They debated adding a third article of impeachment on obstruction of justice, which would have captured the allegations against Trump that were detailed in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Here's why the Mueller report allegations aren't in the articles: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants ultimately decided to keep the articles focused narrowly on Ukraine, out of concern for moderates who only backed an impeachment inquiry once the Ukraine scandal spilled into public view.

But the episodes detailed in the Mueller report are expected to be incorporated into the charges that Democrats are laying out today. In the Judiciary Committee, Democrats expressed Trump's actions in Ukraine as part of a broader pattern of misconduct that began during the 2016 election and still continues today.

10:18 a.m. ET, December 10, 2019

White House aides are pushing for a Christmas trial


White House officials work to prevent lawmakers from dragging out the next phase of impeachment — the looming Senate trial — some aides are making it known that they want a Senate trial to start immediately after the House passes articles of impeachment. That could even means beginning over the holidays, people familiar with the discussions said.

Keep in mind: Senate Republicans are exceedingly unlikely to accept, a senior GOP aide said. Lawmakers in both parties have signaled they would prefer for the trial to begin in January, which has been entirely set aside on their legislative calendars for that purpose.

But the effort by some in the White House to persuade allies to support a possible Christmas trial is yet another signal that President Trump’s team is feeling out the extent to which they can influence the procedures senators will rely upon to hear Trump’s case.