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— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) January 15, 2020
Three of the House Democrats who will prosecute President Donald Trump in the Senate’s impeachment trial–Jerry Nadler of New York, Zoe Lofgren of California, and Sylvia Garcia of Texas–were among lawmakers who voted last year to advance the president’s removal.
Eight days after that vote, Trump talked by phone with Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy in the July 25 call in which the leaders discussed former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s highly paid role on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
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That conversation was the basis for House Democrats’ inquiry leading to Trump’s impeachment.
On July 17, however, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, brought his third impeachment resolution to the House floor, forcing a procedural vote on articles of impeachment against Trump for disparaging “the squad,” the name for a group of four progressive House freshmen. The vote was on whether to allow debate or to table the resolution.
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The motion failed, with 332 lawmakers voting to table the matter–in other words, against impeachment. But 95 Democrats–the highest pro-impeachment tally to that point– voted against tabling Green’s resolution.
Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, explained at the time that he wanted to keep options open.
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“I opposed this procedural motion because this article of impeachment should have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee,” Nadler said. “My hope is that future impeachment resolutions be referred here as well, so that they can also be considered as part of the committee’s overall response to clear allegations of presidential misconduct.”
The Senate trial of Trump began Tuesday based on two articles of impeachment, passed by the House in December and accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Nadler and the other six House managers, or prosecutors, and the president’s lawyers debated the rules of the trial going forward.
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