The latest on President Trump's impeachment
The House has voted to approve a resolution naming seven Democrats as House impeachment managers. These lawmakers will prosecute the case against Trump at the Senate impeachment trial.
At 5 p.m. ET, the impeachment managers will walk to the Senate in order to hand-deliver the articles of impeachment to the chamber.
We're expecting the Senate trial to begin next week.
The House of Representatives is voting on a resolution to formally name the impeachment managers, who will prosecute the case against President Trump in the upcoming Senate trial.
The House initially had a group vote, but Rep. Doug Collins requested a roll call vote. They're doing that now.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — who got the final say on which members would be named managers — announced them this morning.
The seven managers are:
- House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff
- House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler
- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
- Rep. Jason Crow
- Rep. Val Demings
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren
- Rep. Sylvia Garcia
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy won’t say whether House Republicans should be part of Trump's defense team.
When CNN asked him about this just now, McCarthy said, “It’s the President’s choice on what to do."
What's this about: As of last night, the White House had not made a final decision about whether to include some of President Trump's most ardent Republican defenders in his Senate impeachment trial, multiple people told CNN today.
President Trump has wavered on the crucial decision, torn between advice from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his own instincts to have his fiercest defenders on the Senate floor.
The expectation is that the final decision will be made today or tomorrow, as they were waiting to see what Speaker Pelosi would do today.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she "resisted" pressure to begin impeachment proceedings into President Trump for a long time — until "he crossed a threshold" and gave Democrats "no choice."
"Don't talk to me about my timing. For a long time I resisted the calls from across the country for impeachment of the President for obvious violations of the Constitution that he committed," she said on the House floor ahead of a vote to formally name impeachment managers.
"But recognizing the divisiveness of impeachment, I held back. Frankly, I said, 'This President isn't worth it,'" she added.
Pelosi described the moment she decided it was time to begin an impeachment investigation:
"But when he acted the way he did — in relationship to withholding funds from Ukraine, in return for a benefit to him that was personal and political — he crossed a threshold. He gave us no choice," she said.
Before voting on impeachment managers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a moment to say she accepts the apology from GOP Rep. Doug Collins. Her comments came just after Collins spoke on the floor.
"As I enter into the conversation, I do want to thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for his apology, for his ridiculous remarks about me and house Democrats. Thank you. We accept your apology, Mr. Collins."
What is this about: Collins apologized last week after he made an unfounded claim that accused Democrats of being "in love with terrorists."
"Let me be clear, I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week," Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia tweeted.
Collins had made the incendiary remark in an interview with Fox News' Lou Dobbs in response to a question about Democrats' efforts to limit President Donald Trump's war powers in the aftermath of a US airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.
GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the impeachment process during the House debate, saying, "There's no greater contrast than what we are doing right here today than what is happening at Pennsylvania Avenue."
McCarthy is talking about phase one of a trade deal between China and the US that Trump is signing today.
"The President sitting down with another country of a leader and signing a trade agreement, something people said we could never get done, to make this country stronger, make America the next century ours."
House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff said during the debate that "the appropriate remedy" for the wrongdoing that Democrats are accusing President Trump of "is the conviction and removal from office."
Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins, a Republican, criticized Democrats' impeachment of President Trump, saying it's rooted in their "dislike for this President and the good work he is doing."
"It was a political impeachment," Collins said on the House floor as the House began debating a resolution naming impeachment managers.
He described the Democrats' motive like this: "I believe, of the other side, it is their dislike for this president and the good work he is doing."
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler spoke on the floor this afternoon as the House debates the resolution to name the impeachment managers.
Nadler — one of the seven managers — said Trump, "betrayed our country when he used the powers of his office including withholding military assistance to pressure that government to help him win reelection."