Live Coverage: The impeachment of Donald J. Trump (part 2)

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is considering two articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump.

Republicans began the day with a series of petty attempts to delay the process—including such silliness as calling a vote to adjourn and send everyone home. The rules of the impeachment itself are designed to limit calls for motions, amendments, and other attempts at pointless delay.

The debate on rules was introduced with an opening statement from House Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern and Rules Committee ranking member Tom Cole. Just before noon Eastern Time, the House voted to approve the rules of debate on the articles along mostly party lines. This was followed by a reading of the articles of impeachment.

The rules now allows for six hours of debate on the articles of impeachment, divided evenly between the parties.

Colorado Representative Diane DeGette is acting as speaker pro tempore. House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler and ranking member Doug Collins are responsible for managing the time of the parties and directing the course of debate.

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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:07:30 PM +00:00

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One of the sharpest short statements in the first half of this debate.

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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:09:57 PM +00:00

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Kentucky Republican James Comer repeatedly talking about how “appalled” the voters of Kentucky are at this impeachment.

I supposed that would be why they voted in a Democratic governor after the impeachment inquiry was announced.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:13:46 PM +00:00

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Rep. Loudermilk not only draws a comparison between Donald Trump and Jesus Christ, but claims that Pontius Pilate gave Jesus “more rights” than the House gave Trump.

Man. It’s going to be hard to pick today’s Bullshit Oscar winner.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:29:20 PM +00:00

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Matt Gaetz understudy Guy Reschenthaler uses his legal insight to … lie repeatedly about Adam Schiff, and complain that refusing to subpoena the whistleblower is the real abuse of power.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:30:53 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

I’m hoping that Jerry Nadler is saving up at least 10 minutes for Adam Schiff at the end of all this.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:44:54 PM +00:00

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Just when you think Loudermilk comparing Trump to Jesus is as far as they can go, Republican Mike Kelly compares impeachment to Pearl Harbor.

Can’t wait for the next one.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:52:19 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Again, it’s impressive how well Nadler has prepared for today. He seems to have a quick parry to every thrust.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 7:58:27 PM +00:00

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When any Republican starts off by talking about “mainstream media overlords” you know you’re about to get a sound, constitutionally-based argument.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:00:28 PM +00:00

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Rep. Al Green gets the chance to talk after Republicans have raised his name more than a dozen times in the hearing. Keeps it brief and forceful.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:01:25 PM +00:00

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Doug Collins interjects to say that impeachment “is not to be used between election cycles against a president you think might be re-elected” because … huh, wait a second. Where does it say that?


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:14:19 PM +00:00

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Nadler takes time out to re-iterate the case. Which may seem unnecessary, but considering the brief length of the speeches, and Republican claims, it’s kind of required to step in now and then to ground the proceedings.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:16:50 PM +00:00

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In case you didn’t note that time check, we still have over three hours of this back and forth to go. Thanks for hanging in there so far.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:17:34 PM +00:00

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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:18:45 PM +00:00

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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:24:26 PM +00:00

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Yet another Republicans proves that it’s always a good day to attack Democrats over women’s rights. 


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:27:35 PM +00:00

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Republican Lloyd Smucker accuses Democrats of “never planning to work with” Trump.

You know. Like how Mitch McConnell gathered all the Republicans into a meeting before Barack Obama took office and told them they were all going to cooperate.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:36:29 PM +00:00

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Look! Rep. Will Hurd has one more chance to stand up and display personal courage. Here it comes. Here it comes. And … there it goes.


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:39:02 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Ladies and gentlemen, Louie Gohmert. Still the biggest jackass in any Congress.

Reset button. Green light. Blankets. Crowdstrike. 


Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 · 8:40:29 PM +00:00

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Nadler replies “I’m deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the flood of the House.” Gohmert begins shouting from the somewhere in the cheap seats. Perfect.

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