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 PetersonSenate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE (Minn.) and Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewGinsburg expresses hope amid a Senate she thinks is 'divided sharply' Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Democratic NJ mayor said he was told he was not welcome at Trump rally 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 AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump 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 Owen McCarthyFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders comes under fire over cost of 'Medicare for All' Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (R-Calif.) followed with another procedural motion condemning how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter John Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job Trump says he wants 'no help from any country' in 2020 election MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify MORE (D-N.Y.) conducted the impeachment probe. Democrats moved to table the motion.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed Liz Cheney blasts NYT for publishing op-ed by Taliban leader 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 ScaliseScalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' Bottom line Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing 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.