WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The House of Representatives is set to debate and vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
We will be updating this story with the latest updates from the House floor (All times are ET):
8:55 p.m – President Donald Trump has officially been impeached on two articles. The House of Representatives passed articles against him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
8:45 p.m. – The House has reached the number of votes needed to impeach the president on the second article for obstruction of Congress.
8:35 p.m. – President Donald Trump has officially been impeached on the first article for abuse of power. They are now voting on the second article for obstruction of Congress.
8:20 p.m. – The House of Representatives has reached the number of votes needed to impeach President Donald Trump on the first article for abuse of power.
6:05 p.m. – With about an hour and 15 minutes left of debate time, House members are taking turns to voice their opinions ahead of the impeachment vote.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL):
5 p.m. – Democrats and Republicans each have about one hour left in the impeachment debate.
4:50 p.m. – House members are still taking turns debating.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL):
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL):
3:50 p.m. – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) yielded time to himself and delivered a speech on the floor for approximately 13 minutes.
Rep. Schiff addressed House members again a few minutes later to talk about the key witnesses who testified during the public impeachment hearings.
“These are the people my colleagues would pejoratively label as career bureaucrats. And why? Because they have the courage to do their lawful duty,” Schiff said.
He then addressed accusations of “secret proceedings.”
“This is apparently what they call depositions,” Schiff said. “Over 100 members were able to participate. That’s how secret they were.”
He added, “the repetition of this falsehood does not make it true.”
3:40 p.m – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) yielded his time on the floor but returned just moments later after Rep. Nadler accused him of “spouting Russian propaganda.”
12:45 p.m. – Members of the House are taking turns to speak on the floor during the impeachment debate. Each member is taking about a minute and a half to two minutes.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL):
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL):
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL):
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA):
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL):
Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL):
Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL):
Washington correspondents with our Nexstar D.C. Bureau have been on Capitol Hill interviewing lawmakers as the debate on impeachment continues.
Republican Rep. Greg Steube from Bradenton told them the impeachment inquiry is a “sad day for America” and claimed the impeachment “charade” didn’t start with the whistleblower complaint.
“It started the day after – the day actually – President Trump got elected,” Rep. Steube said. “Ever since then, it has been the Democrats’ attempt to impeach him.”
Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor, who also represents the Tampa Bay area, also spoke with our correspondents. She called impeachment a “very serious remedy for misbehavior of a president.”
“It’s a serious day, it’s a sad day but this is what has to happen,” she said.
12:44 p.m. – President Trump tweeted again as the House debate got underway.
“Such atrocious lies by the radical left, do nothing Democrats,” he wrote in all caps. “This is an assault on America, and an assault on the Republican party.”
12:10 p.m. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the floor, kicking off what is expected to be six hours of debate on the articles of impeachment. Each side will get three hours.
“We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take,” Pelosi said.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) took the floor following Speaker Pelosi and said, “Why do we keep calling this a solemn occasion when you’ve been wanting to do this ever since (President Trump) was elected?”
12 p.m. – The House is set to begin its debate on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. They are reading aloud House Resolution 755 – the articles of impeachment – now.
11:22 a.m. – The House is voting on the rules for Wednesday’s impeachment debate after about an hour of debating.
10:45 a.m. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was seen making the walk from her office to the House floor ahead of the impeachment debate.
Speaker Pelosi joined hands with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) as she walked to the floor. Both women were wearing dark clothes.
According to NBC News, Rep. Dingell said the dark clothing is to reflect that it’s not a day to celebrate.
10 a.m. – House Democrats voted down Rep. McCarthy’s motion. The House is now beginning its debate on the Rules Committee’s guidelines for the impeachment debate. This is not the debate of the actual articles of impeachment – it’s about the ground rules for the impeachment debate.
This debate is expected to last about an hour.
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL):
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL):
9:35 a.m. – The House did not adopt the motion to adjourn introduced by Rep. Biggs. Moments later, Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduced another procedural motion, arguing that Democrats overstepped in their impeachment inquiry.
McCarthy’s motion is “disapproving the manner in which Chairman Adam B. Schiff and Chairman Jerrold Lewis Nadler have conducted Committee action during the Impeachment Inquiry of President Donald John Trump.”
GOP members have requested an official vote. That will take 15 minutes.
9:15 a.m. – Shortly after the House gaveled in at 9 a.m., Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) made a motion to adjourn. The House has been voting on that motion since then, and Democrats are expected to kill the motion.
Once that vote is over, the House is expected to start an hour of debate on the rule for consideration of the articles of impeachment.
After a month of debate, the House will finish its argument Wednesday and likely vote on the two Articles of Impeachment brought against President Donald Trump. The House Rules Committee voted to approve six hours of debate on the House floor Wednesday: 3 hours each for Democrats and Republicans.
President Trump faces articles of impeachment related to his conduct in connection with Ukraine, one charging him with abuse of power and another charging him with obstruction of Congress.
The president was busy on Twitter in the hours leading up to the House debate, tweeting and retweeting news articles and quotes about him. He also tweeted a message saying what’s happening to him “should never happen to another president again.”
Join host J.B. Biunno and political reporter Evan Donovan beginning at 8:45 a.m. ET for a breakdown on the impeachment vote.
Trump, who would be just the third U.S. president to be impeached, on Tuesday fired off a furious letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, but he also acknowledged he was powerless to stop the expected outcome.
If the House votes Wednesday to impeach Trump, as expected, the process then moves to the Senate, which would then hold a trial early next year.
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