House to vote on articles of impeachment against Trump

The full House of Representatives will vote this week after the Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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Transcript for House to vote on articles of impeachment against Trump
Now to politics and the showdown in Washington. The articles of impeachment against president trump go to the full house with a vote expected this week. David Wright updates us from the white house. Good morning to you, David. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. Get ready for big drama wrapped up in lots of parliamentary procedure as the house of representatives takes up the impeachment of president trump. The judiciary committee has approved two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Now the debate. We'll hear from members on both sides. It is likely to be bitterly partisan, but there's little mystery about the outcome of the vote. When they finally do vote most likely on Wednesday, Democrats are in the driver's seat for this part of the process, but Republicans do hope to chip away at democratic unity targeting members from districts where trump support is strong. There are 31 of them, two of them have already said they will vote no on one or both articles of impeachment, and congressman Jeff van drew of New Jersey is expected to quit the democratic party and cross the aisle to the Republicans dramatically sometime this week. Over in the senate, Republicans have the majority. They set the rules. Senator Mitch Mcconnell has said that the Republicans will be in total coordination with the white house in the senate trial that follows, most likely in the new year. The constitution requires a two-thirds majority to remove a president so the ground is much more favorable to president trump over in the senate. David Wright from the white house. Thank you very much. For much more on this, let's bring in our chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos. He'll will hosting "This week" later this morning. Good morning. Good morning, guys. David was saying there's no mystery about what will happen on Wednesday in the house, and then we go to the senate where the conventional wisdom is that the president will be acquitted. Are the outcomes -- I have checked in with you on this throughout the process. I'll ask you this again. Are the outcomes preordained in the house and senate here? It seems like it. I think the Democrats say they're not whipping. They're not counting the votes, but they're pretty confident even though they may lose a handful of the Democrats in the vote this week in the house, they will pass the impeachment articles, the two articles of impeachment. In the senate, it's pretty clear. You don't have 67 votes. It's almost certain you don't have 67 votes to convict. What is less clear is whether the Republican majority will hold together on all the procedural votes on the length of the trial, the number of witnesses to call, and things like that, but it would be hard to imagine on today's facts, the house not impeaching president trump and the senate voting to convict. We are hearing it from David this morning and others about the fact that we have got at least one Democrat looking to defect in the house. This representative Jeff van drew from New Jersey is a freshman Democrat. He's not only going to vote against impeachment, but democratic party and join the Republicans. Is this good news for president trump in your mind? He's going to be able to announce a Democrat is becoming a Republican. You have to look at the specific facts of Jeff van drew's district. He does come -- he's a Democrat, but he comes from a trump district inside New Jersey, and it became pretty clear once he announced he was against the impeachment inquiry pac in the fall that he was going to face a democratic challenger in the primary. The polls showed that a majority of Democrats actually were against re-electing Jeff van drew. So in some way if he wanted to hold onto his seat, he had no choice. The question will be, will trump's support make the difference in his re-election because he's going to face a tough Republican primary as well. George, thank you very much. Always great to see I on a Sunday morning. I want to remind everybody, George has a big show coming up later this morning. He's going to sit down with the Democrats, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, the two men who led the impeachment process in the house, and also Republican senator Ted Cruz who will serve as a juror in the senate trial that may come as early as January. It's all coming up later this morning on ABC on a little show called "This week." George, thank you very much.

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