Those charges claim that Trump enlisted a foreign power in "corrupting" the U.S. election process and endangered national security by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden, while withholding United States military aid as leverage.
"Trump will be the first president to be impeached who has the possibility of being elected to a second term and so the 2020 election is going to be hanging over the entire Senate proceeding", Whittington told Al Jazeera.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and condemned the impeachment inquiry as a hoax.
The president faces impeachment due to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into discredited claims that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden acted corruptly in the Eastern European nation to benefit his son Hunter Biden's business dealings there, and into a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine-not Russia-interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
"They don't like us, people who voted for this president". "And when the President demands that a foreign government investigate his domestic political rivals, he corrupts our elections".
Republicans denounced the process as an illegitimate attack on the president, as Democrats rejected their opponents' efforts to quash the articles of impeachment. Democrats, who hold the majority in the House, reiterated that the president is not above the law.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded confident Thursday that Democrats, who once tried to avoid a exclusively partisan effort, will have the votes to impeach the president without Republican support when the full House votes.
Most indications are that the Republican majority in the Senate, where Trump will likely stand trial in January, will ultimately protect him from conviction and removal.
Former Vice President Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Mr Trump next year.
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"We're not whipping this", said Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) spearheaded the initial impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee.
Republicans decried the impeachment case as "hot garbage", while one Democrat accused the president of a "constitutional crime spree".
"With only two articles of impeachment, it's pretty clear what we're looking at".
Committee members Rep. Louie Gohnmert (R-TX), ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep.
He was speaking during a tense markup of articles of impeachment against the president. Trump has said he wants a full trial that could turn the tables on Democrats by demanding testimony from Biden and others. "Indeed, by the president they'll be viciously punished".
"If you know you have the votes", McConnell explained, "you've listened to the arguments on both sides, and believe the case is so slim, so weak, that you have the votes to end it - that might be what the president's lawyers prefer, and you can certainly make the case for making it shorter rather than longer since it's such a weak case".
While Trump's GOP support remains solid, Senate Republicans have been willing at times to stand up to his decisions and try to talk him out of what they consider bad strategy.
But impeachment would mar his record as president and could affect his re-election chances in November 2020.