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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 PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus 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 TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Democrats offer bill fining lawmakers who don't wear masks in Capitol 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 DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornThe US's investment in AI is lagging, we have a chance to double it What should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year 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.