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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the documents required to impeach President Donald Trump until 2020. In an unprecedented move, Pelosi is refusing to send over the articles until next year.

The House Democrats voted to approve 2 articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday night. The 2 articles accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

But Trump is not officially impeached until Pelosi transmits the articles to the Senate - which she has refused to do.

The articles of impeachment are typically transmitted electronically immediately after the vote to impeach. If Pelosi doesn't send over the articles, it would mean Trump is not officially impeached.

The Democrats have a lot to lose if Pelosi sends over the articles, and Trump gets the long Senate trial that he wants.

A long Senate trial would give Trump the opportunity to call witnesses to testify under oath.

Trump's list would include presidential candidate Joe Biden, disgraced ex-FBI agent James Comey, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Republicans were quick to respond with laughter and ridicule on Thursday. They accused Pelosi of obstructing justice herself by not handing over the articles.

GOP members say Pelosi is holding onto the articles because she knows she has a "weak case" against Trump, and she is concerned that Trump will have the upper hand.

She has said she will not turn over the articles until she knows McConnell will proceed with a "fair" trial.

"It's beyond me how [Pelosi] and [Hoyer] think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday.

McConnell has the only say on whether Trump gets a trial in the Senate. He has previously indicated that he will acquit Trump without a trial and without calling any witnesses.

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House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump by a majority vote on Wednesday, making him only the 3rd President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Millions of Americans who rejoiced the impeachment last night are waking up this morning to find Trump is still their President.

House Democrats insisted impeachment was necessary to protect the election process. But now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting to delay the process.

Sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate would signal the start of Trump's impeachment trial. The articles normally would be sent immediately after the impeachment vote.

When asked whether she planned to send over the articles of impeachment on Wednesday night, Pelosi said she wants to see if the Republican-controlled Senate would play "fair" with the rules.

She also declined to name her "trial managers" to present their case for convicting Trump.

"We can't name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side and I would hope that would be soon," she told reporters. "So far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us," she added.

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Pelosi has no control over the Senate which is led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), pictured with Pelosi in 2016.

President Trump has said he wants a long trial so he can call witnesses to testify under oath. His list includes ex-FBI director James Comey and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

But McConnell, who has the final say, won't allow Trump to call any witnesses. McConnell wants a quick end to the impeachment trial.

Pelosi appears to be delaying the impeachment trial to prevent the Republicans from abruptly acquitting Trump.

Pelosi referenced McConnell's recent remarks - that he is coordinating with the White House - as proof that McConnell plans to hand Trump a quick victory.

"This is what I don't consider a fair trial," she said. "That leader McConnell has stated that he's not an impartial juror, that he's going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he's working in total coordination with the White House's counsel's office."

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President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, making him the third President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Only 2 Democrats opposed the 2 articles of impeachment, and every Republican voted against the resolution.

Black Twitter celebrated Trump's impeachment on Wednesday night. Many were blissfully unaware that Trump is still their president.

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Trump hosted a campaign rally in Michigan, while the Democrats debated on Capitol Hill. The Trump campaign released a tersely-worded statement condemning the Democrats for their "cold, calculated, and concocted 3-year impeachment sham."

"The President is just getting stronger while support for the Democrats' political theater has faded," the statement continued.

The next step in the impeachment process is a hearing in the Senate, where the Republicans hold the majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will move to dismiss the trial without hearing any witnesses.

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Tens of thousands of Americans rallied across the nation in support of impeaching President Donald Trump on the eve of the House Democrats' historic vote.

Evening rallies took place in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and even Republican stronghold cities to support impeaching Trump. The House vote is expected to be held on Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill.

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Protesters from coast to coast held up homemade signs and shouted "impeach Trump!" and "No one's able the law."

One sign read: "Make America Proud Again Impeach Trump." Others signs read: "Impeach and Remove," and "All I want for Christmas is impeach Trump."

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The demonstrators - young and old - braved cold temperatures and freezing rain so their voices could be heard at rallies were organized by a coalition of liberal groups such as MoveOn.org.

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House Democrats voted to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump, citing abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign power to investigate possible corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

On Tuesday, President Trump drafted a six-page letter criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership. He specifically criticized her for saying she prays for him.

"Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense," Trump wrote.

Pelosi called Trump's letter "sick," telling CNN, "I have no reactions. It's ridiculous."

She added, "I haven't fully read it. We've been working. I've seen the essence of it, though, and it's really sick."

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Don Lemon nearly had a mental breakdown on the air, after President Donald Trump retweeted a video of himself as Thanos trolling House Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

In the video, Trump's face is Photoshopped on the body of Marvel Supervillain Thanos, who says, "I am inevitable".

Then a black dust cloud blows Pelosi and the other Democrats off the podium during their press conference.

The video left Don Lemon momentarily speechless and in disbelief. The CNN anchor was apparently furious that Trump took the articles of impeachment so lightly.

“Uh... what are we, in junior high school?" he stammered.

"What the hell. What is this? Like, what? WHAT?! I cannot believe that I'm even having to report this on the news!"

CNN viewers mocked the "drama queen" anchor for reporting the video as news in the first place.

"Slow news day, Don?" one Twitter user wrote.
 

 

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House Democrats officially announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, alleging abuse of power and obstruction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Committee chairpersons announced the articles of impeachment in a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

“The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. "No one, not even the president, is above the law."

The Democrats claim Trump tried to enlist a foreign power to investigate corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in the Ukraine.

This makes the third time the Democrats have tried to impeach the president in the last 2 years. The previous two times they were unable to get the votes necessary to proceed with impeachment. But this time they might get lucky.

Nadler said the articles of impeachment meet the Constitutional requirements to charge "the president with high crimes and misdemeanors."

"Trump has engaged in unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of the impeachment inquiry," Nadler said.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. called impeachment "an extraordinary remedy" that needed to be done.

"He has given us no choice," Schiff said of Trump. "To do nothing would make ourselves complicit in the president's abuse of his high office."

Nadler added that Trump interfered in the 2016 elections, and now the 2020 election.

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As usual, Trump fired back with both barrels blasting the inquiry as a "WITCH HUNT".

"Nadler just said that I 'pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.' Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there 'WAS NO PRESSURE.' Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!" Trump tweeted.

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President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry has officially begun after a majority of Democrats voted to pass the House resolution for impeachment on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Every Republican and 2 Democrats voted against the House impeachment resolution.

After the vote on Thursday, Republican lawmakers rushed to the White House. An Instagram user posted this photo that shows lawmakers forming a prayer circle around Trump, whose presidency has been under attack by the Democrats since his landslide victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump reacted immediately to the vote, calling the impeachment effort "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History."

Trump then asked his spiritual advisor, televangelist Paula White to join his White House staff on Thursday.

White, who has known the deeply religious president since 2002, will work in the Office of Public Liaison, MSN reports. In addition to praying over Trump daily, her duties will include overseeing outreach to Trump's prayer warriors around the country.

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In advance of a possible forced retirement, Trump announced he and his family are leaving New York City for good. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump said he and his family are moving to Palm Beach, Florida permanently.

"I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse," Trump tweeted on Thursday.

The Democrats are anxious to remove Trump from office before the 2020 election. They will stop at nothing to impeach the president, who has survived all other challenges thrown at him since 2016.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey gave the Dems a much needed boost by banning all political advertising on the social media platform until after 2020. The reason? Trump has raised more money in campaign donations than all 19 Democratic candidates combined.

Question: who is your choice for President if Trump is impeached?

1. Mike Pence
2. Nancy Pelosi
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Maxine Waters
5. None of the above
 

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About 20 angry Republican lawmakers stormed a secure room in the Capitol building basement where House Democrats were holding a secretive impeachment hearing.

The 20 conservative Republicans were given the green light to disrupt the meeting by their boss, the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

The meeting was being held in the U.S. Capitol basement on Wednesday, when 20 Republicans pushed past security guards and stormed into the room with cellphones - which are banned from restricted areas in the Capitol building.

The lawmakers refused to leave, prompting the Democrats to call the police to remove them.

A Pentagon official was giving testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump when the GOP lawmakers barged in.

They staged a sit-in and ordered dozens of pizzas and Chick-fil-A delivered to the room. Disgusted Democrats streamed out of the room as the pizzas and Chick-fil-A sandwiches and cold beverages arrived on carts.

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The pizza was delivered by Washington D.C.'s popular We, The Pizza shop, owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, whose website crashed on Wednesday and was still offline on Thursday morning.

The GOP lawmakers complained about the lack of transparency in the Democrats' secretive meeting. They accused the Democrats of attempting an illegal coup to remove a sitting president from office.

The Democrats are anxious to impeach Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

Trump was pleased after viewing news footage of the lawmakers storming into the Democrats' secret meeting. He told reporters that he approved of their planned standoff, according to White Houses sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

But Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who organized the unlawful disruption, denied speaking with Trump beforehand. "I led the effort and never discussed with POTUS," he tweeted on Wednesday.
 

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President Donald Trump sparked outrage when he compared lynching to the Democrats push to impeach him. Trump made the inflammatory remark in an early morning tweet on Tuesday.

"So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"

The reaction was swift as outraged Democrats accused Trump of racializing the impeachment process.

"You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?" tweeted Congressman Bobby L. Rush, a Democrat Representative from Illinois.

Rush added: "Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet."

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Lynching is defined as a mob of people who kill someone for an alleged offense without a trial.

According to The Tuskegee Institute, 3,446 Black Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham agreed with Trump. Graham told reporters the Democrats are taking the law into their own hands.

"I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands, and out to get somebody for no good reason," he said on Tuesday. "This is a lynching in every issue."

The Democrats are anxious to impeach Trump before the 2020 elections. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to hold a floor vote to officially authorize an impeachment inquiry.

Political pundits say Pelosi doesn't believe she has the votes to impeach Trump.

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Twitter users threw an impromptu party after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Black Twitter also celebrated under the hashtag #ImpeachmentParty on Tuesday.

In a tweet on Tuesday Trump called the impeachment inquiry a "witch hunt."

"There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!"

Twitter's hopes are high that the Senate will vote to impeach Trump who is under fire for allegedly asking the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on his political rival Joe Biden.

One Twitter user wrote: "I know this is just a first step, but damnit we've waited SO. LONG. for the start of *something* more tangible, lord knows we deserve an #ImpeachmentParty".

Others wondered why Pelosi took so long to begin the impeachment inquiry into Trump's alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

Political pundits criticized the Democrats for attempting to impeach Trump with the election just one year away. They say the impeachment process will distract from the Democratic candidates and possibly backfire on the Democrats.

Trump's good friend, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had the best response to the impeachment party celebrations.

"I'll release later today an unredacted transcript of phone call I had with @PapaJohns ordering a pepperoni pizza. Jerry Nadler has subpoenaed it and AOC demanded that the pepperoni be removed to save the planet. #ImpeachmentParty".

 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Pelosi made the announcement after meeting with House Democrats in a closed door session on Tuesday.

"Today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," said Pelosi on Tuesday.

Trump is under fire for allegedly pressuring the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

At issue is a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian government to reopen an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

On Wednesday, the White House released the unredacted transcript of the phone call between the U.S president and the Ukrainian president.

Among the 5 pages is a section where Trump asks President Zelensky to do the United States a favor and find out what he knows about Hillary Clinton's email server.

"The server, they say Ukraine has it," Trump said.

Trump also asked Zelensky about the now closed investigation into Biden's son, Hunter Biden, who was allegedly paid millions of dollars to sit on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

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Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

"There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that," said Trump. "So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went about bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."

The whistleblower who leaked the details of the phone call to the media has indicated through his or her attorney that they are willing to testify before Congress.

If Trump is impeached, he will join 2 other sitting presidents to be impeached in the modern era: Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

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The Democrats are all aboard the Impeach Trump train amid reports that President Trump threatened Ukrainian officials if they didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted all efforts to impeach Trump, will hold a closed-door meeting with House Democrats today at 4pm to start formal impeachment proceedings.

At issue is whether President Trump threatened to withhold military aid money from Ukrainian officials if they didn't reopen their investigation into possible corruption by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Pelosi previously declined to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump unless the American people demanded it.

Americans remain divided on the decision to impeach Trump, according to multiple polls.

Trump is under fire for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who reportedly took $1.5 billion in payouts from China and was paid millions in lucrative business dealings with Ukrainian officials.

Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

Trump called Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July to congratulate him on winning the election.

During the conservation Trump made an inquiry into reports that Hunter, who was not a public official, was paid millions of dollars as a board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the United Nations, President Trump denied asking Ukraine officials to reopen their investigation into Biden and his son.

Questioning what law he'd broken, Trump said "it would probably, possibly have been O.K. if I did".

"But I didn't," Trump insisted. "I didn't put any pressure on them whatsoever."

Trump failed to explain why he placed a freeze on hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Ukraine just one week before the phone call with the Ukraine president.

Trump said he didn't threaten to withhold military aid money from Zelensky if he didn't reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden.

The president also hinted he may turn over a recording of the phone conversation.

Trump criticized the White House whistleblower who revealed the phone conversation, calling him or her "unpatriotic."

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