Trump says House Democrats' articles of impeachment attempt to stop his second term

The president called the articles that outline abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, “flimsy, pathetic” and “ridiculous,” insisting that this is an attempt to block him from a second term.
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Transcript for Trump says House Democrats' articles of impeachment attempt to stop his second term
We've got to watch me now and the latest on the impeachment showdown. The House Judiciary Committee will start reviewing the articles of impeachment tonight and here's how the next steps will play out. Gee she commune will then vote to approve them likely tomorrow then the full house will vote on them that vote expected take place before Christmas. If house does indeed vote to impeach the senate will then hold a trial presided over. By Chief Justice John Roberts it takes two thirds of the senate 67 votes to convict and remove a president from office. Terry Moran has the latest on Capitol Hill good morning Terry. Good morning George this is a fateful step this isn't just politics as usual little bit nastier Democrats are invoking. The most drastic power in the constitution informal articles of impeachment. Ringing with phrases of condemnation. The president truck. At a raucous rally in Pennsylvania overnight president dropped attacked Democrats for the charges leveled against him. There MPG me. And there are no crimes this has to be a first in history they're impeaching me you know like is there wanna win an election that's the only way they can. But Democrats insist trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors it's only the fourth time in American history it has come to this we must be clear. No one. Not even the president. Is above the law House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler unveiled two articles of impeachment the first abuse of power. Trump solicited interference of a foreign government Ukraine. To influence the 22 what are United States presidential election to his advantage. The second charge obstruction of congress the unprecedented categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas and requests for testimony. Without unlawful cause or excuse. Our president oppose the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country. He endangers the constitution. He endangers our democracy. And he endangers our national security Republicans defending trump to the hilt. The Democrats called those who supported Donald Trump deplorable. And now they're trying to disqualify their votes. Democrats still cannot get over the fact that the president. Won the election and they lost but. Democrats say if they don't act now they allowed trump to jeopardize the integrity of the next election we did not hold him accountable. He would continue to undermine our election nothing less is at stake. Then the central point of our democracy. A free and fair election. So Terry speaker Pelosi almost certainly has the votes to impeach the president next week in house a lot of eyes now turning. To the senate it is really a three way negotiation between the White House senate Republicans and senate the senate Democrats over what that travel look like how long you'll go. That is the battleground right now senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is the key person here on Capitol Hill. He's looking for what seems like a limited very orderly trial the senators sit as jurors McConnell wants opening arguments. From managers advocates of the impeachment from the house and facing off against the White House lawyers then you might call a vote of all the senators and end it right there. President trump has indicated. He wants a much bigger trial calling witnesses perhaps lied into the senate well. So who wins that remains to be seen several weeks of negotiation there meantime you know this this impeachment debate is so bitter. Yet the speaker speaker Pelosi in the White House were able to come to agreement on a major piece of legislation he is he US Mexico Canada free trade agreement. The head spinning dates they got the articles of impeachment the Democrats try to remove president trump for office at this and on the giving him one of his major victories. He came into office saying he would do away with NAFTA and replace it. Democrat after negotiating new enforceable labor and environmental protection have signed on. Try to show that they can walk and chew gum at the same time impeach this president and work with Cameron thanks very much.

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