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House Of Representatives Considers Impeachment Of President Trump

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The debate over the impeachment of President Trump is underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. The vote itself will likely take place early this evening. It is expected to pass largely along party lines.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In some ways, it was a December day like any other on Capitol Hill - cold and clear, the sun shining, tourists milling about the visitors center.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: House will be in order.

CORNISH: Inside on the House floor...

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PATRICK J CONROY: Merciful God...

CORNISH: ...The House chaplain opened with a prayer.

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CONROY: ...As the members take this time to consider far-reaching legislation and consider historic constitutional action, give them wisdom and discernment.

CORNISH: Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands...

CORNISH: Then an ordinary day turned extraordinary.

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JOE NOVOTNY: House Resolution 755 resolved that Donald John Trump, president of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be...

SHAPIRO: For just the third time in history, the House of Representatives will vote to impeach a president of the United States. Debate on the articles of impeachment began at noon. Dozens and dozens of representatives took to the floor to speak for a minute or two at a time, alternating back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Gentleman is recognized.

DAVID CICILLINE: Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump, the 45th president...

MIKE ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in complete and total support of President Trump.

PRAMILA JAYAPAL: He solicited foreign interference before. He is doing it now. And he will do it again.

CHRIS STEWART: They hate this president. They hate those of us who voted for him. They think we're stupid.

CICILLINE: Show the American people your devotion to your country is more powerful than your loyalty to your political party.

ROSS SPANO: And I hope that we will finally move past this nightmare...

ROBIN KELLY: Because no one is above the law. I yield back.

JIM SENSENBRENNER: Stop this charade. Vote no. And I yield back. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.