The Judiciary Committee began markup of the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday night with opening remarks from all 41 members of the committee, including two Coloradan representatives.
The Judiciary Committee will debate articles of impeachment against Trump beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. This is the process by which members can change the language or add amendments to the articles of impeachment.
On Wednesday night, Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck started by asking how will history judge impeachment. His answer was “unkindly.”
He used this time to argue that Democrats have been looking for an excuse to impeach President Trump since his 2016 election. Buck rattled off a list of examples of derogatory remarks towards President Trump and calls for impeachment from politicians, actors and bureaucrats.
“It’s clear that my Democrat colleagues have prejudged this case,” Buck said. “Democrats are so righteous in their belief that President Trump must be impeached, that they ignore plain fact.”
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About two hours later, Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse said he would support the articles of impeachment because it is “what the Constitution requires of us and it is what my conscience demands.”
Neguse started by speaking to those who might disagree with impeachment. He made his remarks personal. He spoke about his immigrant parents, living the American dream, and what America has represented. “While some may agree with this process and some may oppose it, everyone will remember that at the end of the day, each and every one of us are Americans,” he said.
But he said President Trump had “solicited the interference of a foreign government in the 2020 presidential election for his own advantage. President Trump abused his power, and then, engaged in a wholesale obstruction of Congress to cover it up.”
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