The debate on articles of impeachment against Trump

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11:44 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Democratic congressman explains why there was no vote tonight: "We wanted to do it in broad daylight"

Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, explained why House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler unexpectedly decided to move the vote on the two articles of impeachment to tomorrow morning.

"We want to do it in broad daylight. First thing in the morning so everyone can see exactly what's going on," Raskin told CNN's Don Lemon following Nadler's decision.

The vote is expected to happen at 10 a.m. ET.

11:55 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

In surprise twist, the committee didn't vote on the articles of impeachment tonight

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has called a recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET and will hold the vote on the two articles of impeachment at that time. 

The decision comes after more than 13 hours of debate today.

Nadler's decision was derided by Republicans on the committee. The phrase "kangaroo court" was heard following the decision.

10:22 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Here's what's happening right now in the meeting

The House Judiciary Committee are debating Chairman Jerry Nadler’s substitute amendment, which is just a committee procedure and is the final amendment before voting on the articles.

It’s still possible other members could offer additional amendments

But Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner suggested moments ago that this will be the last debate of the evening. If Sensenbrenner is speaking for the party here, we won’t see any new amendments from Republicans.

9:46 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

The debate has resumed

The House Judiciary Committee has resumed its debate over the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

9:43 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Democrats won’t cut off GOP amendments and are prepared to go very late

Democratic members and aides are signaling at the break that they are preparing to go as late as the GOP wants — and they won’t cut off amendments, even though House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has the right to do so. 

When will the hearing end? It depends on when the GOP decides it has no more amendments to offer. 

At the moment, Democrats are not considering punting the session to the morning and are prepared to go through night. 

9:38 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

McConnell: "There is no chance the President is going to be removed from office"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted tonight how the impeachment trial will end.

“We all know how it's going to end. There is no chance the President is going to be removed from office," the Kentucky Republican said.

McConnell, speaking on Fox News, called the Democrats’ case “so darn weak” and said he will coordinate with President Trump’s lawyers every step of the way when the case moves to the Senate.

 

9:20 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

The committee has been debating for 12 hours

Andrew Harrer/Pool via AP
Andrew Harrer/Pool via AP

The debate in the House Judiciary Committee tonight has been free-wheeling.

Any committee member has been able to offer an amendment to the impeachment articles and every lawmaker could speak up to debate it.

At one point, the impeachment debate even veered back two decades, as two lawmakers who were on the Judiciary Committee when President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 debated the merits of that case compared to the current impeachment proceedings.

They've been debating for 12 hours now.

9:04 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

The committee is now in recess

The House Judiciary Committee has taken a 30-minute recess at about 9 p.m. ET.

The committee has been debating amendments to the articles of impeachment for more than 12 hours today.

9:03 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Fifth amendment to the articles of impeachment defeated in party-line vote

A fifth amendment to the articles of impeachment has been voted down by the House Judiciary Committee tonight by a vote of 23-17.

The amendment had been introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio. The amendment called to strike language that President Trump should be removed from office.

All four other amendments proposed today have been voted down.