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The House is slated to begin debates on Wednesday morning ahead of the vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
A rules hearing determined on Tuesday that House members will engage in six hours of debate, which will be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. The vote is expected to come between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Trump is expected to be formally impeached on two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both of which Democrats argue violate Trump’s oath of office and his pledge to uphold the Constitution.
“By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy,” the president wrote.
Provided the House approves the articles of impeachment, the proceedings will move to the Republican-controlled Senate for a formal trial of the president, starting in the new year.
The impeachment inquiry was triggered by Trump’s July 25 phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed his counterpart to announce an investigation into Trump political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. At the time, the White House had held up nearly $400 million in military aid and was dangling an official White House meeting between the two leaders.