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House Votes on Party Lines to Approve Impeachment Process

According to the Washington Examiner:

House Democrats took a step toward impeaching President Trump by voting Thursday to barrel ahead with an investigation aimed at showing Trump abused his office for political gain.

The House voted 232-196, mostly along party lines, on a resolution that affirms its closed-door impeachment proceedings and defines its plans to hold a series of public hearings and potentially draft articles of impeachment.

“Today, the House takes the next step forward as we establish the process for open hearings conducted by the Intelligence Committee so the public can see the facts for themselves,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Two swing-district Democrats voted against the resolution, Colin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey. Independent Justin Amash of Michigan, who is a former Republican and staunch Trump opponent, voted for the measure.

Republicans stuck together and none voted in favor of it.

While the California Democrat has rejected calling the measure an impeachment resolution, it marked the first time Democrats went on record endorsing an impeachment investigation that began in September after an anonymous whistleblower leaked a July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine

Republicans have complained that the process so far has defied precedent. Typically, the Judiciary Committee handles impeachment proceedings, not the intelligence panel. And unlike past impeachment investigations, Democrats launched theirs without first holding a House vote.

“Trying to put a ribbon on a sham process doesn’t make it any less of a sham,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said.

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