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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann Dingell18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues 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 DemingsDemings: 'America is on fire' and Trump 'is walking around with gasoline' Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornHuman Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary The 14 Democrats who broke with their party on coronavirus relief vote Congress must return to session 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.