After a nearly ten hour impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, Democrats in the U.S. House set a news conference for Tuesday morning to announce their next steps, reportedly ready to unveil two impeachment charges against President Donald Trump.
The news conference was set as Democrats argued Monday that President Trump had wrongly held back military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure that government to announce investigations which could benefit Mr. Trump politically in the 2020 elections.
"Such conduct is clearly impeachable,” Rep. Jerry Nadler D-NY said as he wrapped up the hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. "This committee will proceed accordingly."
"The evidence is undisputed and overwhelming," said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA).
9 am Tuesday impeachment news conference pic.twitter.com/WoJyod8Yux— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) December 10, 2019
"President Trump thinks he can get away with it," said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). "But he got caught - and he tried to cover it up."
"The President's pattern of behavior is incredibly disturbing," said Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL).
"Russia, Ukraine, China - he's inviting three countries to help him in his 2020 re-election campaign," the Florida Democrat added.
While there had been talk that Democrats would produce as many as five different articles of impeachment, the latest indications were there would be only two - covering abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Republicans denounced the entire process, saying Democrats were rushing simply because they did not have evidence to back up their claims against the President.
That’s the real reason this impeachment is going fast. Time is their enemy. The more time you have to scrutinize, the more the Democrat narrative falls apart. The gaps get bigger, not smaller.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 10, 2019
Their only hope is speed. Impeach fast, and hope you don’t notice.
“This is ridiculous,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said at one point during Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearing. “We shouldn't be doing this.”
“This is a sham,” said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA).