House passes resolution on impeachment rules

Video Credit: Reuters Studio
Published on October 31, 2019 - Duration: 02:13s

House passes resolution on impeachment rules

The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step in the impeachment effort against U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday when lawmakers approved rules for the next stage of the Democratic-led inquiry into the president’s attempt to have Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival.

Jonah Green reports.


House passes resolution on impeachment rules

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI (D): “And today, the House takes the next step forward as we establish the procedures for open hearings, conducted by the House Intelligence Committee, so that the public can see the facts for themselves.” U.S. lawmakers on Thursday cast their first vote in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Passing a measure to set up next steps in the fast-moving effort.

Not a single Republican voted for it, and two Democrats voted against it.

The proposal calls for public hearings and the release of transcripts from closed-door proceedings... SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP LIZ CHENEY (R): “A secret process that denies rights…” ....after Republicans have for weeks accused Democrats of trampling on Trump's rights and keeping the process too secret.

DEMOCRATIC INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFF defended the closed door testimonies.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFF (D): "That work has necessarily occurred behind closed doors, because we have had the task of finding the facts ourselves, without the benefit of the investigation the Justice Department declined to undertake." The measure also outlines what rights Republican lawmakers and Trump himself would have in the process.

Democrats insist Trump is getting a fair trial.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP JIM MCGOVERN (D): "This resolution provides better protections for the president than Presidents Nixon and Clinton received." Republicans called it partisan sham.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP TOM COLE (R): "At least today the majority is admitting what we've known all along.

That the House was not following an appropriate process for impeachment.

But I do not think the process that we're setting forward in this resolution is a fair one, either." Democrats argued Thursday that impeachment was about defending the constitution.


JERRY NADLER (D): "I support this resolution because it is indefensible for any official to demand that an ally, one depending on our support in an existential struggle with Russia, investigate his or her political adversaries." Thursday's vote was not on articles of impeachment.

That could come in weeks.

If that passes, it then goes to trial in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

Thursday's vote comes as testimony from diplomats and Ukraine experts continues to corroborate a whistleblower's account which sparked the inquiry, which described a broad effort by the White House to push Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rivals.

You are here

💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
A Trump supporter was caught on camera pulling a gun on a group of protesters after getting splashed with some gunk -- and now, cops are on the hunt for the..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 21 minutes ago

Another pro-Trump parade is going down this weekend -- only now, in NYC ... where a group identifying as Jews are showing their MAGA support, and bringing things..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 1 hour ago

President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. hope to rally swing-state voters this weekend as Election Day looms.
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 1 hour ago

According to Christian teaching, we're all sinners and deserve forgiveness and mercy. But that doesn't mean President Trump deserves another four years.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 4 hours ago

"Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan sat down with Trump and Biden supporters for a temperature check less than two weeks before Election Day.
Credit: CBS News - Published 4 hours ago

United States House of Representatives

Lower house of the United States Congress
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal Democratic critic of House leadership, said she would back Pelosi if no progressive challenger surfaced.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 hours ago

Record-high campaign contributions from women helped Democrats take the House in 2018 and now women have their sights set on the Senate.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 10 hours ago

"I think we're going to win the House," Trump said during the debate. That is contrary to what most election experts think.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 3 days ago

House Republicans said they will push an inquiry into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's use of an Amtrak charter train to campaign.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 4 days ago

Nancy Pelosi

52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was still optimistic about the chances for an agreement, but it would be up to President Trump when it came together. And time is..
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 2 days ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced skepticism about Wednesday's press conference during which the director of National Intelligence accused Iran of being behind a..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 3 days ago

Democratic Party (United States)

Major political party in the United States
Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 hour ago

The Constitution does not set the number of justices. Created in 1789 with six, the court has veered from five to 10, settling at nine 150 years ago.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 4 hours ago

With nine days left until Election Day, many Americans hope the race finishes smoothly — unlike the disputed election of 1876. As the United States celebrated..
Credit: CBS News - Published 6 hours ago


Country in Eastern Europe
In an interview on "The Takeout" podcast, former national security adviser John Bolton told Major Garrett that he has "regrets" about how impeachment played..
Credit: CBS News - Published 3 days ago

The number of COVID-19 infections in Ukraine has nearly doubled over the past month, topping 287,000. The government is keen to avoid a new lockdown, but..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 week ago

Richard Nixon

37th president of the United States
Highlights of this day in history: Suicide blast kills U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon; Students in Hungary spark Cold War revolt; President Richard Nixon..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 3 days ago

Related news from verified sources

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two Democrats broke ranks to oppose the House resolution that sets ground rules for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump....
on October 31, 2019 • Seattle Times

House lawmakers on Thursday will debate and vote on a resolution to formalize Democrats' impeachment probe. The House is expected to meet at approximately 9...
on October 31, 2019 • FOXNews.com

A sharply divided House was expected to vote Thursday to approve a resolution setting "ground rules" for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting...
on October 31, 2019 • FOXNews.com

Related videos from verified sources

House passes impeachment probe resolution 02:32
Video credit: ABC Action News - Published on October 31, 2019 

Local Members Of Congress Split Among Party Lines In Impeachment Inquiry 02:26
Video credit: KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh - Published on October 31, 2019 

Deeply Divided House Passes Impeachment Ground Rules Resolution 02:13
Video credit: CBS 5 SF KPIX - Published on October 31, 2019 

You might like