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House Judiciary Committee approves two articles of impeachment:

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance two articles of impeachment this morning to charge President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE with high crimes and misdemeanors.

Impeachment article No. 1: Abuse of power: The vote was 23-17, along party lines.

Impeachment article No. 2: Obstruction of Congress: The vote was 23-17.

Video from the end of the vote:

Photo of the clerk’s roll call for the impeachment articles: Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers:

Photo of the room during the vote:

How long the vote took: The committee adjourned after 10 minutes. 



Here’s the livestream:


Spotted — right before the committee vote:


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From Trump ally Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.): “For Democrats, impeachment is their drug.”

From CNN’s Dana BashDana BashEvelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate MORE: "Sometimes history is fascinating and fun. And sometimes history is somber and momentous. And this one was the latter."

Tidbit: “Republicans [did not have] a presser after the vote. Their mood was one of silent anger.” (Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers 

Trump invites Republicans to the White House: President Trump invited Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to gather at the White House today after having to miss a holiday party for the impeachment articles markup.

Just now from President Trump: "You're trivializing impeachment," Trump said. "And I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they're going to remember it." He also called the inquiry a "hoax" and a sham."  Trump's full comments



‘Describe the impeachment hearings in one image':



The battle over witnesses in the Senate may not be pretty...:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republican and Democratic senators are gearing up for an intense battle over witnesses at an impeachment trial likely to set the tone for the 2020 election.”

Are both sides even talking yet?: No, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it MORE (D-N.Y.) have not begun discussions over details of the trial, but lawmakers are already jockeying over the details. 



“House Republicans repeatedly decried the House impeachment process as a sham as the Judiciary Committee debated articles of impeachment on Thursday. Once impeachment moves to the Senate, Democrats might borrow that line to accuse McConnell and the GOP of running a sham trial if they move to hold it speedily and without key witnesses.”





Commence Phase One:

Late this morning, President Trump announced that the U.S. and China have agreed to a “Phase One” of a trade deal that would reduce tariffs from both sides and increase the purchase of U.S. agricultural products.

Trump tweeted: “We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more. The 25% Tariffs will remain as is, with 7 1/2% put on much of the remainder ... The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal. We will begin negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election. This is an amazing deal for all. Thank you!”


Ladies and gentlemen, we appear to have set a record:

Via The Hill’s Brett SamuelsPresident Trump set a personal record for the most number of tweets in a single day since taking office.

The number: 123 tweets/retweets in 24 hours

His previous record: 105 tweets in a day, a record that he set a few days ago.

The topic of most of his tweets: The obvious — ripping the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings.



We can all relax now:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, lawmakers have reached a deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown next week.

OK, so what’s in the deal?: That’s still unclear. “Details of the legislation remain under wraps, but House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate House to vote on Iran war powers bills sought by progressives Khanna: Timing of Iran bill being weighed against getting bigger majority MORE (D-Md.) said he expects to bring the legislation up for a vote on Tuesday, likely grouped into at least two [of the twelve] packages.”  

Will Trump sign the deal?: Democrats are assured that President Trump will sign the deal. 

What we know about the deal and what’s next:



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This is pretty wild:



Oh wowww: 


The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at the White House. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Indianapolis later today.

11 a.m. EST: President Trump meets with the president of Paraguay.

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Iran 'standing down' after missile strike MORE leave for Indianapolis.

4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R).

8:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE host a Christmas Reception in the White House.



Sunday morning: Former FBI Director James Comey will appear exclusively on “Fox News Sunday.”



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