Transcript for Fallout from Pelosi’s dramatic impeachment announcement
We go to Washington now and the impeachment showdown. The house now on track for a vote to impeach president trump by Christmas after that dramatic announcement from Nancy Pelosi ordering her deputies to draft articles of impeachment. Mary Bruce on capitol hill with the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. This was something that speaker Pelosi hoped to avoid but she says the facts are clear, the president abused his office for his own political gain and that he's left them no choice but to impeach. Overnight, speaker Pelosi making it clear Democrats are moving full steam ahead to impeach the president. The president's actions made it necessary. You cannot violate the constitution in full view. The facts are clear. Reporter: Democrats could charge trump with abuse of office, bribery and obstruction and debatingy to include obstruction of the Mueller probe too but Pelosi is keeping her cards close. We're operating collectively. It's not going to be somebody puts something on the table. We have our own, shall we say, communication with each other. Reporter: Articles of impeachment could be introduced next week setting up a likely house vote before Christmas. At the white house our Cecilia Vega pressed the president. Are you worried, sir, about the stain that impeachment might have on your legacy? No, not at all, no. It's a hoax. It's a hoax. It's a big, fat hoax. Reporter: Republicans have insisted Democrats want to impeach the president because they simply don't like him. Ef they're always wanted to impeach the president. Reporter: The speaker was asked Thursday if this is personal and she fired back. Do you hate the president, madam speaker? Speaker? I don't hate anybody. I don't rate anybody. I was raised catholic and we don't hate anybody in the world. Don't accuse me -- I did not accuse you. You did. You did. I asked a question. Representative Collins yesterday suggested that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don't like the guy. Let me just say this. Reporter: Walking back to the microphones to make sure her point was heard. This is about the constitution of the united States and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office. I don't hate anyone so don't mess with me when it comes to words like that. Reporter: This process is going to move quickly here. On Monday investigators will present their evidence to the committee now drafting these articles of impeachment. We could see those charges next that then sets up a house vote on impeachment sometime in the days right before Christmas. That's possible, Mary, another wild card the house has given the president a 5:00 P.M. Deadline to decide whether or not to participate in the next round of hearings in the judiciary committee. That could complicate the Reporter: Absolutely. The white house has until 5:00 to say whether or not they're going to participate and the president has been railing against this process saying it's completely unfair but declined so far to send anyone to represent him in these judiciary committee hearings. The president, it seems, is already looking ahead to a trial in the republican-controlled senate tweeting if you are going to impeach me, do it now fast so we can have a fair trial in the senate. Mary, thanks very much.
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