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It may not have been exactly by party lines- two democrats jumped ship, but the House of Representatives passed a resolution to authorize and lay out guidelines for the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
In dueling press conferences after the vote both sides kept continued the war of words, insisting they are going to be on the right side of history.
Republicans accused Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of politicizing the impeachment process and ignoring the other work of Congress while the country faces immigration problems at it's southern border, trade issues with China, and an impending government shutdown.
"If you look at where we are right now, were at an important point in history. Clearly there are people that we serve with that don't like the result of the 2016 election. That is their prerogative. But the country next year will be deciding who our president is going to be. It should not be Nancy Pelosi and a small group of people that she selects that get to determine who is going to be our president," Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said.
But Democrats, in their own presser, see their cause as righteous and believe are on the right side of history.
"We recognize the seriousness of this undertaking. We recognize that we have been compelled by the circumstances to move forward. When the president abuses his or her office, when a president sacrifice is national interest, when the president refuses to defend the constitution and does so for the purpose of advancing a personal or political agenda, the founders provided the remedy," Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat leading the impeachment probe, said.
"I make no prejudgment as to whether that remedy will be warranted when we finish these hearings. I will wait until all the facts are put forward. We will undertake this duty with the seriousness it deserves and to the best of our ability," he said.
Under the resolution, the House Intelligence committee is tasked with convening public hearings. Those hearings- expected to happen as early as mid November, will no doubt be nationally televised and give Americans the opportunity to hear directly from the witnesses.
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