Pelosi, other female Democrats wear black to mark 'somber' Trump impeachment vote

Pelosi, other female Democrats wear black to mark 'somber' Trump impeachment vote
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.) and a group of female Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wore dark clothing on Capitol Hill to mark the House's vote on articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Democrats call on Pompeo to restore funding to Gaza Democratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement MORE (D-Mich.), who was wearing a dark grey coat with black lapels, told The Hill that some female members of Congress typically wear red on Wednesdays to show solidarity with issues such as human trafficking and women's heart health awareness.

But they decided to wear darker colors this week to mark the "somber" occasion, she said. 

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"Normally we wear red [on Wednesdays] and we said, 'We can't do that today.' So, many of the women are in darker colors because it is a somber day," Dingell added as she left the House floor.

Pelosi, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Live coverage: Senators query impeachment managers, Trump defense Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornBloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements Trump goes all in for NASA's Artemis return to the moon program House panel proposes NASA bill that would scrap the lunar base — or maybe not MORE (D-Okla.), who represents a swing district, were among the lawmakers spotted on the Capitol wearing black. 

The Speaker told NBC News that she was "sad" about the day's proceedings. 

The move to sport dark clothing did not appear to be widely coordinated, however. Female Democratic lawmakers arrived in the House chamber wearing a variety of colors. 

Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko (Ariz.) also gave a forceful speech condemning impeachment while wearing a black coat. 

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The Democratic-controlled House is prepared to vote on two articles of impeachment charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Nearly every House Democrat is expected to vote in favor of the articles, which would make Trump just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. 

Ahead of the vote, Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues that they would be "derelict" in their duty if they did not vote to impeach Trump. The impeachment vote follows a House inquiry largely based on allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to announce investigations into his political rivals. 

Trump has repeatedly dismissed charges of wrongdoing.

In a scathing letter sent to Pelosi on Tuesday, the president accused Democrats of waging "nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup."

Cristina Marcos contributed to this report.