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House passes resolution to begin formal impeachment hearings against President Trump

President Donald Trump speaking in 2017 just outside Harrisburg. (Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/U.S. Air National Guard)

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution to begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, voted against the resolution which he denounced as partisan and criticized as rejecting House precedent and blocking the Minority from full participation.

“Since starting their impeachment scheme, Democrats have tried to manufacture a case against President Trump despite having no evidence of an impeachable offense,” Byrne wrote. “They’ve been playing a shameful game of political keep away in the basement of the Capitol to keep Americans in the dark. Today Democrats doubled down on their illegitimate smear job. This is a sad day for our country, but the facts are in our favor and cannot be hidden from the American people forever. Until then, I will not stop fighting to expose and defeat this politically motivated sham.”

Last week, Congressman Byrne and a group of Republicans entered the Capitol basement room where Adam Schiff was holding closed door House Intelligence Committee hearings on impeachment. Byrne and the other GOP Congressmen criticized the process then as being secretive and demanded a more open process.

Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, also opposed the resolution.

“I am proud to stand with President Trump and fight against the Democrats’ witch hunt.” Rogers wrote in a statement. “This sham is nothing more than an attempted coup. Adam Schiff’s investigation is based solely on lies and leaks. They have never accepted the fact the Donald Trump was elected president fair and square. House Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.”

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, also opposes Pres. Trump’s impeachment.

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“For years, Socialist Democrats successfully manipulated and fooled the American people with a ‘Russian Collusion Hoax’ that helped Socialists win the House of Representatives. Not to be deterred by having been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, Socialist Democrats are implementing ‘Russian Collusion Hoax 2.0’, an effort to again manipulate and fool the American people with a hyper-partisan, false, Trump impeachment narrative that, to date, is wholly lacking in evidentiary substance and legal support,” Brooks said in a statement. To date, Socialist Democrats have produced ZERO credible evidence that President Trump committed a high crime, misdemeanor, treason, or bribery—the Constitutional impeachment standard. Rather, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have abused their power by holding secret, sham proceedings in the Capitol basement while selectively and illegally leaking one-sided information designed to deceive the American people into believing the worst Fake News allegations against President Trump. Frankly, this process is so appalling as to constitute a very real threat to our Constitutional Republic. Trashing the votes of more than 60 million Americans is no small matter yet that is exactly the blood-lust of Socialist Democrats.”

The resolution was almost entirely along party line. Every Republican, that voted, voted “No”. Two Democrats also voted “No.” Because the Democrats control the House, the motion passed 232 to 196 with four members not voting.

This is not an impeachment resolution; but rather just official acknowledgement in support of formal impeachment proceedings. Hearings will continue; but now they have the support of the majority of the members of the House. Previous hearings were solely authorized by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California. If the House were to actually impeach the President, the trial would be in the Senate.

Democrats would need strong bipartisan support in the Senate to actually remove the President and today’s vote indicates that is highly unlikely to happen.

Brandon Moseley
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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,297 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



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