House Prepares to Vote on Trump Impeachment Articles

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The full House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday.

The vote comes after the House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment last week: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This vote is expected to happen late in the afternoon, likely between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Founding Fathers' vision was being threatened by the President in the White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff spoke to KNX In-Depth Wednesday about the historic day in Congress and what's in the national interest of the country:

"If you read the letter, it looks like he's very unwell There's not much that makes sense, it's a long rambling diatribe with a lot of exclamation points, " Schiff said when referring to Trump's recent letter to Pelosi. "The president grievously abused his power by shaking down a foreign leader, attempting to, by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to get that foreign leader to try to help him cheat in the next election. As one the expert witnesses testified 'if that's not impeachable, then nothing is.'"

Schiff said "it's clear what we need to do is protect the integrity of the next election as well as protect our national security and that is to impeach this president."

The first vote will be a procedural vote by the full chamber to formally impeach Trump. Additionally, the House is likely to affirm the rules that the committee debated on Tuesday. All of this will be followed by parliamentary positioning by the GOP to cement opposition and stall the process.

As recently as Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell rejected additional White House official witnesses suggested by the Democrats during the Senate portion of the trial.

Trump is the fourth president in American history to face impeachment by the House.

It is presumed that the House will also vote to empower Speaker Nancy Pelosi to name impeachment managers, who will be identified in a few days. Managers are House members who present the findings and act as prosecutors to the Senate. Senators have the option of holding a trial and can convict, remove, or acquit the president from office. 

The House Judiciary Committee also released a full report Monday, which formally laid the groundwork for the vote, saying Trump “betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections," according to an AP story.

Trump has maintained he has done nothing wrong. He has dismissed the claims and report as a "witch hunt" and a "scam," taking to Twitter to write "READ THE TRANSCRIPTS! The Impeachment Hoax is the greatest con job in the history of American politics! The Fake News Media, and their partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to make life for the United Republican Party, and all it stands for, as difficult as possible!"

Democrats allege that President Trump allegedly abused presidential powers during his interactions with Ukraine -- by using aid to ask President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate not only former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, but also investigate meddling in the 2016 election.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee also heard from the Intelligence Committee and both sides' lawyers and their investigative findings.

The committee also spent more than 14 hours last week going back and forth over the amendments to the articles of impeachment.

The Senate trial is expected next month where Republicans would have the chance to acquit Trump.