House Judiciary Committee debates 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump

Democrats claim the president violated his oath of office while Republicans say there is no crime.
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Transcript for House Judiciary Committee debates 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump
And we begin tonight with the fiery last stand in the house judiciary committee before the first official vote on impeaching president trump. The house judiciary committee in a marathon debate on the two articles brought against the president. Their vote tonight. A partisan divide over the charges, abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Democrats claiming the president violated his oelt of office. Republicans say there is no crime. Tonight, Republicans are united in the house against impeachment. But some Democrats, we've learned, are waivering. ABC's Mary Bruce leads us off tonight from the hill. Reporter: After months of investigations and weeks of hearings, tonight on capitol hill, a marathon final push. This is a constitutional crime spree. That's why courage is so badly needed right here, right now. Our national security and democracy are depending on it. Reporter: Democrats argue president trump abused his office to gain an advantage in the 2020 election and they say he'll do it again. We have an ongoing crime. We have a crime in progress. We have an emergency to our national election going on right now. Reporter: Republicans insist Democrats are putting politics above principle. Don't give me the solemnity about impeaching a president. You've been wanting to do that for a long time. It's not just an attack on the presidency. It's an attack on us. It's an attack on those of us who believe in this president. Reporter: Tonight's vote in the judiciary committee, the last legislative hurdle before the house votes to impeach. Republicans with a warning. This impeachment is going to fail and the Democrats will pay a heavy political price for it. Reporter: And several moderate Democrats in swing districts are skittish. Some opposed. Others on the fence. Can you explain your current thinking? Why undecided right now? Because I made a commitment to my district from the moment that this began that I'm going to focus on all the facts. Reporter: Cede, we asked speaker Pelosi. What is your message to those moderate Democrats who are undecided and who are concerned that a vote for impeachment could backfire on them politically? I have no message to them. People have to come to their own conclusions. Mary Bruce live on the hill tonight. And Mary, the full house is expected to vote next week, after this vote that will play out this evening. And tonight, you're reporting that attention has already turned to the senate trial, expected in January. White house lawyers meeting with Mitch Mcconnell to try to map that out already? Reporter: And David, that meeting today was, in part, a negotiation. The president has said he wants an aggressive defense in the senate, including live witnesses, like hunter Biden and the whistle-blower, but senate Republicans tell us, they don't want any witnesses at all. They want a speedy trial and to move on. Now, tonight, we are told the president is the warming to that idea, but he is not 100% onboard yet. David? Mary, thank you. And the other major story unfolding tonight, and it's

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