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House opens debate on articles of impeachment against Trump

 
House Democrats easily passed a rule allowing for six hours of debate on the articles on Wednesday, overcoming a necessary procedural step to allow the measure to come to the floor for a full House vote later in the day. 
 
The rule passed in a 228-137 vote largely along party lines. 
 
Two Democrats, Reps. Collin PetersonCollin Clark Peterson Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Six ways to visualize a divided America On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 MORE (Minn.) and Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewWe can't let sand mining threaten storm-buffering, natural infrastructure Sunday shows preview: Biden administration grapples with border surge; US mourns Atlanta shooting victims Pro-union bill passes House, setting up lobbying battle in Senate MORE (N.J.), who is expected to change party affiliations in coming days, bucked party lines and voted with Republicans. Both members also voted against a measure laying out the impeachment procedures in October. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (I-Mich.), who left the Republican Party last summer, voted with Democrats to move forward with debate. 
 
The rule's passage comes after Republicans utilized multiple procedural tactics to delay the process, though Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said GOP lawmakers "don't look at it as stalling, we just look at it that we are going to hold the ground until the very end."
 
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) kicked off the procedural maneuvers with a motion to adjourn which was ultimately voted down. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTech antitrust bills create strange bedfellows in House markup Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — A new final frontier: Washing dirty laundry in space White House uses Trump's words praising China to slam McCarthy's Biden criticism MORE (R-Calif.) followed with another procedural motion condemning how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Schiff calls Iranian presidential election 'predetermined' MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month MORE (D-N.Y.) conducted the impeachment probe. Democrats moved to table the motion.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Trump has 'zero desire' to be Speaker, spokesman says Liz Cheney hired security after death threats: report MORE (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, followed shortly after with an unsuccessful push for the roll call votes to be taken on the articles. And House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals MORE (R-La.) raised a point of order against the rule for the two articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing the minority did not receive a hearing while proceedings were taking place in the House Judiciary Committee. It was ultimately ruled out of order.
 
The articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — which were unveiled last week — passed out of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday evening. The House Judiciary Committee held a marathon markup before approving the articles last week. 
 
The articles are expected to pass with minimal Democrat defections on Tuesday evening.