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i'm wolf blitzer in washington. a truly historic moment up on capitol hill. the house judiciary committee just voted to send articles of impeachment against president trump to the house floor, where the entire house of representatives will have their say next week. they'll consider two articles of impeachment. abuse of power and obstruction of congress. debate over the allegations and whether they were an impeachment lasted months, but this morning's vote to advance the articles to the full house took just a few minutes. >> the article is agreed to. the question now is on article ii of the resolution, impeaching president donald j. trump for obstructing congress. the article is agreed to. the order is amended reported favorably to the house. members will have two days to submit views. the resolution will be reported
of a single amendment in the nature of a substitute. without objection, staff is authorized to make technical and conforming changes. without objection, this meeting is adjourned. >> mr. chairman. >> as many expected, the votes were strictly cast along party lines. for the first article, abuse of power, 23 yays from democrats and 17 nays from republicans. and the same, straight along party lines. so we now look ahead to the next critical phase. let's go over to capitol hill right now. manu raju is watching all of this history unfold right now. first of all, manu, what are you hearing from lawmakers? >> democrats are defending the fact this was a party line vote. this is such a rare thing to see an american president on the verge of being impeached. initially at the outset, nancy pelosi wanted any sort of impeachment action to be bipartisan. but democrats are saying that they had no choice but to act
and that they're accusing the republicans of siding with the president rather than siding with what they believe is a clear violation of his oath of office, saying that they had to act no matter what, no matter what the republicans ultimately decided to do. this was approved along party lines, both counts, 23-17 vote. and in the foul house, which we're expecting full action to occur middle of the week, likely wednesday of next week, at that point. we're still expecting republicans to side with the president. even republicans that are only a handful of moderate republicans left. they have indicated they're going to vote no on those articles of impeachment. there are people in swing districts, particularly freshman democrats that are still weighing what to do when it comes to that full house vote. we do expect two democrats who have already said that they were not going to support moving forward on impeachment, we do expect them to vote "no" on those two counts, but there are a handful of others who are
weighing it, plan to talk to their constituents and announce their decisions next week. we could see opposition from the democratic ranks potentially grow by a handful of more members. ultimately a vote on the house floor could come out with a handful of democrats voting with republicans, and democrats voting to approve those articles. they do expect to pick up at least one former republican turned independent, justin amash, who has indicated that he would likely support those two articles of impeachment. but that's about it. nevertheless, wolf, we do expect that the full house will approve this by the middle of the week. a majority is all that is needed. and that will then set up that senate trial, in which the republican leadership has already been strategizing in the senate about how that trial should be conducted. that's going to take january. we'll see how they deal with the issue of bringing forward witnesses or if it's dismissed quickly, as the republicans seem eager to do. that is the next step here as we
look forward to this historic moment, such a rare moment in american history. now these articles of impeachment now are going to be before the full house next week, wolf. >> and we think it's going to be next wednesday, right? >> reporter: that's what we're hearing, next wednesday. it's expected to be a busy week. they'll vote on tuesday to keep the government open and advance the spending bill. wednesday, we're expecting that full house vote to impeach the president. thursday, they're going to improve a trade deal with the u.s./mexico trade agreement that the house democrats negotiated with the trump administration. that legislation expected to pass and then they're going to recess. they're going to go out of town until the new year. so it's going to happen quickly, wolf, as we've been saying for weeks now, a pre-christmas vote now on tap in the house. >> it certainly is. manu, thank you very much. let's go over to the white house right now. our pamela brown is getting reaction over there. so first of all, what is reaction you're getting from officials over at the white house? >> reporter: well, the white house released a statement in the wake of this vote in the house judiciary committee with press secretary stephanie grisham calling it a desperate
charade of an impeachment inquiry and saying the president looks forward to receiving in the senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him in the house. i can tell you in talking to officials here, they are very much looking ahead. the white house officials believe that their work with the house is largely finished. the one thing they do want to continue to ensure is that republicans stay united, because that has been such a big talking point for the president who have said that republicans have never been so united throughout this impeachment inquiry, but there's a lot of focus looking ahead with the white house counsel coordinating with mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, on what a potential trial should look like as the two try to reconcile what the president wants, this theatrical defense with live witnesses, and what republicans want, a very quick trial with no live witnesses. in the end, the white house is certainly taking note of what mitch mcconnell has said publicly, that he doesn't believe that the president will be removed. so while the president is looking forward to open iing th
he'll be exonerated and be able to use that as a talking point on the campaign trail, at the same time, what's been unfolding here with this vote this morning, the two articles of impeachment going to the house next week, the history that is surrounding this, that is something that has irked him. he's been griping about it in public. he doesn't understand why ukraine was the issue that did this. he's already been bothered by all of this, even as he looks forward to the senate trial. we expect to meet with the president shortly as he meets with the president of paraguay in the oval office. he's expected to take questions. he has been very focused since the vote in the house judiciary on this chooiina, the first pha of the china trade deal being reached. in fact, he hasn't even tweeted about the vote since it happened. he's been focused on that trade deal. we'll expect him to want to talk about that and answer some questions on impeachment. that meeting happening shortly. >> we'll watch that very closely. pamela, thank you very, very much. jeffrey toobin, step back a little bit and give us some
perspective on the enormity of what is going on in washington right now. >> you know, we have been discussing, there have been four impeachment proceedings, but this is in my respects the most extraordinary of all, because it's the only one where the impeached president will face the voters. andrew johnson, richard nixon, bill clinton, none of them faced the voters -- >> they were in their second term. >> yes. >> and the voters are going to -- one of the great questions that historians always has is was this impeachment appropriate? and people disagree. the voters are going to get a vote here. and i would like to give a ringing "i don't know what they're going to say," but the fact that we are going of a post-impeachment election and what impact it has is just an amazing thing and it's never been done before. >> the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, gets to the issue of the white house refusing to submit documents, to make
witnesses available and the democrats, they argued this was an obstruction of congress, an abuse of power was the first article of impeachment. the republicans kept arguing throughout the course of yesterday and the days before that it was not obstruction of congress. if there's a dispute about getting documents and witnesses from the executive branch, there's a way to deal with that. go to the third branch of government, the judicial branch, and argue it before the courts, if necessary. go all the way up to the supreme court. they say the democrats refused to take these issues to the court, because they didn't have this time. and as a result, it's the democrats' fault. not the executive branch's fault. >> yeah, i think that's completely wrong. and i'll tell you why. the remedy for the president's widespread noncompliance with subpoenas, ordering the entire executive branch not to cooperate. ordering multiple officials not
to comply with subpoenas, the remedy for that is not going to court, it's impeachment. the third article of impeachment that was improved against richard nixon in the house judiciary committee charged he had failed to comply with four legislative subpoenas. in this situation, it's far more than four. two times that, maybe three times of that. the other thing to keep in mind is that the house has the sole power of impeachment. if the house has to depend on the courts to back it up, the courts turn out to have the real power in impeachment, not the house. the house is following its constitutional charge and it will set forth the articles and it will be junldged not just in the senate, not just by the american people, but also -- >> does that agree with -- >> adam schiff made an interesting point in addressing this question a little while ago. he said, what we are doing here is an impeachment process about trying to manipulate the 2020 election. if we go to court, if we have to go to court and wait five months, six months, he will --
the president will have accomplished what this impeachment is all about. now, you can agree or disagree about that, but that's an argument that i think, you know, has certain weight. >> so you're making the -- it's going to take too much time -- or posing that question. but i think it's fascinating what you just said, because that's exactly what jerry nadler argues, the chairman of the judiciary committee is that it's not up to the courts, it's up to us. but, you know, if you look at the constitution and i want you to tell me, because you're the constitutionalist here, or the expert, there are three branches of government. and when there is a dispute traditionally, it is the third branch of government that sort of breaks the tie for lack of a better way to say it, so why not the courts on this? >> i'll have to beg to differ a little bit. i don't think that is the case traditionally. throughout all of the 19th century, you had clashes very similar to this, and none of them went to court. >> because they worked it out. it behooved them to work it out. >> sometimes they would work it
out, sometimes they wouldn't work it out. coming into the 20th century, we've become more reliant on court to intervene. for most of american history, courts stay away from impeachment. in fact, the court ruled 9-0 in a case involving walter nixon who challenged the trial procedures, that it would not interfere with or judge the senate -- >> so fascinating. >> left to the senate. that has to be true for the house as well, so this is really a question about the house's authority, not the court's authority, and if house can stand up in a sense on its own and say, we've got the sole power -- the word "sole" only appears twice in the constitution, once with respect to impeachment and once with respect to trying impeachment. >> i'm taking your class. >> it's remarkable to see -- >> abby, go ahead. >> repeatedly republicans actually argued that this should be taken out of their own hands. these are people sitting in congress, sitting in the house of representatives and saying, actually, we need to let the courts decide this.
so republicans have actually between up the argument that they don't even want this power, they don't even want this to be deci decided. >> at least when the president is a republican. when you look at the president, benghazi, the shoe was on a different foot when there was a different target. but the other point i would make about the 2020 election, the story of 2016 election was interference in the u.s. election by a foreign power. the story of this election is interference in the election with american help, right? aiding and abetting, that's the essential allegation of the impeachment. even as the votes are happening in the judiciary committee today, that is continuing. rudy giuliani just returned from ukraine on a mission to dig up dirt. republicans will say, this may be justified, but it's in a foreign country and he's meeting with foreign nationals whose motivations are, at best, not
clear, considering their pro-russian sentiments, et cetera. so 2016 was a political pearl harbor, some have called it, russian interference, now 2020 is one that it seems to be that u.s. persons can participate that. >> they're doing it right out in the open. >> it's happening in the open, on fifth avenue. >> jagiuliani's, the president personal attorney just back from ukraine and he was spotted earlier this morning going into the white house. we have a lot more that we need to cover as a senate impeachment trial now looks inevitable in january. the majority leader, mitch mcconnell, is clearly coordinating plans with the white house. how will that affect how the senate trial actually plays out? ( ♪ )
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the house democrats just passed two articles of impeachment against president trump, straight along party lines. all three democrats in the house judiciary committee voting in favor, all 17 republicans voting against. the articles now go to the full house floor for a vote next week. we are hold probably wednesday. after the house floor vote, it heads to the senate in early january, where majority leader mitch mcconnell says he will hold a trial. mcconnell told fox news that the
white house and the republican-held senate will be in lockstep agreement on how the senate trial will be conducted. >> everything i do on this, i'll be coordinating with white house counsel. we'll be working through this process hopefully in a fairly short period of time in total coordination with the white house counsel's office and the people who are representing the president isn't the well of the senate. >> let's bring back our experts to discuss. dana, you've covered congress for a long time. there are 435 voting seats in the house of representatives. a couple of absent seats. instead of 218 majority you need to pass, i think right now you need 216 in order to pass both of these articles of impeachment against the president of the united states. there's a little doubt that the democrats have the vote, even if a few democrats decide to bolt. >> nancy pelosi has a enough of a majority that she has some wiggle room. she can, you know, free some of
the moderates to vote against the articles of impeachment, if they feel that is best for them in their conscience and if it's best for them in their districts, because so many of them come from districts that voted for trump overwhelmingly. and you really are going to see over the next. weekend, so much discussion between those motors, their families, with their constituents, with their advisers about what to do. as you all know, historically, the articles don't always line up as we saw in this committee vote. sometimes they're very different. abuse of power and obstruction are different types of votes. this weekend, the conversations that these moderates are going to have is going to be critical
to determining how many are going to say, sorry, i can't do this. >> there are 31 democrats who were elected in districts that president trump carried in 2016. >> and the story of this impeachment has been a certain steadiness in the polls. there's not been a ton of change between when this process started and where we are now. but we started in a place very early on where some republicans showed some uncertainty about where they would land on impeachment. and then they solidified in president trump's corner. and so that's the problem for some of these order democrats. that they have succeeded with the help of independents and maybe some soft republicans. and many of those republicans are firmly in trump's corner, so this has become a much more difficult vote. but i do think that pelosi did them a little bit of a favor by making it a little bit easier. taking some of this extraneous things off the table and making it a pretty clear case on ukraine, i think the first
article. the second article definitely follows the first in terms of the way in which they do relate. >> and it's clear, jeffrey toobin, as you know, and the tuesday poi constitution points out, you need a simple majority in the house of representatives to pass these articles of impeachment, but in the senate, for conviction and pa removal of the president from office, you need a two-thirds majority, 57 u.s. senators. there are 53 republicans right now, 45 democrats, 2 independents who side together, 47, in effect, democrats. getting to 67 is looking pretty much impossible. >> it's looking impossible. and again, you know, it's an example of how the framers wanted this to be a difficult proce process. they wanted this to be something that didn't just happen willy-nilly. and the fact that you needs two-thirds of the senate is a very high hurdle. and that's something that it's quite clear that the pro-impeachment forces are not going to reach. just another point about nancy
pelosi and democrats. it is no coincidence that the democrats or that the house will be voting on the usmca, the big trade deal, the day after impeachment. because one of the criticisms, especially the moderate democrats are facing is, you didn't do anything in congress. all you did was attack the president. you didn't accomplish anything. and that's a concern that pelosi has definitely had, even though they've passed lots of bill, the senate hasn't passed them as well. these moderate democrats will be able to say, look, we did pass this big trade deal and the fact that they're doing it almost contiguous to the impeachment vote is something that the -- that pelosi very much wants her members to be able to say. >> and jim sciutto, it's important that on tuesday, the full house is supposed to pass the spending bill, which includes a significant increase in defend-related spending. these moderate democrats will be able to point to something like
that. >> we've talked before about republican talking points, a consistent democratic talking point. i've heard this from a dozen democratic lawmakers when i challenge them, they say, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. we've all hard that. that's why last week you had progress on the usmca on the same day they were moving forward on the impeachment. these are bills with bipartisan support, including the funding bill. government's still functioning, you're getting some stuff passed in the midst of impeachment. how do voters view that? we'll see, come november next year. but that's at least the argument democrats are making. >> i just want to say, the way the government is supposed to work that these spending bills are supposed to be approved -- >> i'm talking about the current standard of functioning -- >> i know you know, meaning, it's not shutting down. that they're throwing it all together -- it used to be, the fights that we had -- >> because this time last year, we were shutting the government down.
>> at least there won't be a government shutdown this time. everybody, stand by. coming up, democratic congressman jamie raskin, a law professor who just cast his vote. he's standing by to join us live. stay with us. our special cnn live coverage on this historic day will continue. ( ♪ ) only tylenol® rapid release gels have laser drilled holes. they release medicine fast, for fast pain relief. tylenol®.
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history made this morning up on capitol hill. the house judiciary committee voting to send two articles of impeachment against president trump, voting to send those articles to the house floor. the first article for alleged abuse of power, the second for alleged obstruction of congress. this morning's vote to advance the articles to the full house was clearly straight along party lines. on abuse of power, 23 democratic votes in favor, 17 republican votes against. and as you see the same result on the second article, obstruction of congress. they now move to the full house for a vote that's expected next week. we're told maybe wednesday. joining us now, democratic congressman, jamie raskin of maryland. he sits on the house judiciary committee, and the house oversight committee and teaches
law at the american university law school here in washington. congressman, first of all, what's your reaction to today's vote? >> it was svery solemn, wolf. you feel the weight of the present, but the weight of the present, the past, and the founders and everybody who's fought for our democracy and votinging rights feel the weight of the future, future generations, kids, and grandchildren. to me, what it came down to is really this idea embodied in the first article of impeachment of abuse of power. that was one of the articles that was brought against richard nixon. nixon organized the break-in of one campaign headquarters to get dirt on his political opponent. donald trump has organized a break-in of our entire democracy, in order to plant dirt on a political opponent. and he used a foreign power to do it. so that escalates the stakes
immensely. and then, of course, the president scrambled to cover up this original misconduct by blockading our investigation in congress, withholding evidence and preventing witnesses from testifying and so on. and this is obstruction of congress. so these two articles went through on a vote of 23-17. they will come to the house floor presumably next week, where we hope everybody will familiarize themselves with the overwhelming evidence of the president's misconduct, overwhelming and uncontradicted evidence and vote their conscience. >> the articles of impeachment cite high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the president. the republicans argue, unlike nixon and bill clinton, there was no actual crime committed by this president, to which you say? >> well, you know, i didn't understand that argument. the republicans seem to be suggesting that there needs to be a statutory crime and prosecution before there's a constitutional crime and
impeachment. and of course, that is not at all the intent of the framers and that's not what's happened before. bill clinton had not been prosecuted before. richard nixon hadn't been prosecuted before. in fact, their whole argument is that, according to attorney general barr and the department of justice, the president cannot be prosecuted. so on the logic of their argument, the president cannot be prosecuted or indicted while he's in office and he cannot be impeached until first you show that he's violated a criminal statute. and that's just wrong. that is not the constitutional design. it's never been understood that way by democrats or republicans. constitutional offenses are separate. the constitution in article ii talks about treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors and both sides have always understood that abuse of power is an offense against the constitution. as well as obstruction of congress. >> because they argue that bill clinton committed a crime by lying under oath during his
testimony before a federal grand jury and they say that was the crime that was committed. but what i hear you saying is there was no actual crime committed by this president? >> well, no, there was. perhaps multiple crimes committed by this president. bill clinton had not been prosecuted or indictmeed for perjury. they just pled the elements of perjury in the article of impeachment. we have pled within our impeachment and within the accompanying report lots of factual evidence that could lead to prosecution of the president later. but, you know, they seem to want to have it both ways. you can never prosecute the president, you can't indict the president while he's in office, but you can't impeach him either, because you haven't prosecuted or indicted him yet. i think everyone will see the phoniness of that argument. >> looking towards the full house vote next week, we've heard from two of your democratic colleagues,
congressman jeff an vidrew and congressman collins, they say they will vote "no." do you think others will join them? >> i hope all of our colleagues, democrat and republican alike, as well as justin amash, the new independent after he's been extruded from the republican caucus, i hope all of them will read the vol aluminuminous evid here. there's no rival factual high pott cy po hypothesis having gone to great pains in order to extract from president zelensky. the promise to make an announcement that the president's rival, joe biden, was being investigated. and he also wanted zelensky to discredit what our intelligence community, the fbi, the cia, the senate committee on intelligence, everybody has found that it was russia that attacked our election in 2016, not ukraine. and yet, he wanted zelensky to come forward and say, it wasn't
vladimir putin, it was ukraine that had done it. so the evidence points overwhelmingly to that. there's no other rival story out there, which is why the president's private lawyer, rudy giuliani, continues to galavant all around the world in search of conspiracy theories that will further validate other conspiracy theories. >> and giuliani is just back from a visit to ukraine, where presumably he was digging up what is obviously described as dirt as far as the bidens are concerned and the democrats are concerned. and just within the last hour or so, he was spotted going into the white house. so we're following up on that story, as well. do you want to make a final point? >> i would just say, in order to buy the theory that was being advanced by the republicans in the house judiciary committee over the last several days, you would have to believe that donald trump is a crusading anti-corruption fighter. you would have to believe that the same guy who has 3,000 lawsuits against him, who ran the fraudulent trump university
and paid millions of dollars out to his victims there, who just paid, i think, this week, $2 million to charities because he ripped off his own charity by basically defrauding people who contributed to it, by giving that money to other places, that this is an anti-corruption fighter who is not interested in setting up joe biden by bringing zelensky in, he was interested in proceeding to a hitherto secret corruption agenda there. in other words, he had cut anti-corruption funding for ukraine, he had participated with rudy giuliani in this smear campaign against ambassador yovanovitch. he recalled her from ukraine when she was the strongest anti-corruption ambassador in the world, fighting corruption in ukraine. so they've turned this story upsidedown, as the president usually does. but the truth is coming out, wolf. and i think that when people study the record, they will understand that this president is being charged with two high crimes and misdemeanors with overwhelming evidence to support
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amid everything going on here in washington, "the wall street journal" is now reporting that rudy giuliani is the president personal attorney is still working on investigations on joe biden. giuliani just rendturned from h trip to ukraine. the president called him as his plane was still taxiing down the runway, mr. giuliani said, what did you get, and mr. giuliani replied, he is putting his find sboo sboo sboo ings into a 20-page report. he was seen heading into the white house as the house judiciary committee voted to pass two articles of impeachment against president trump. let's bring back our experts and our analysts to discuss. this potentially, jim sciutto, is a very significant development. >> listen, the president's been
emboldened, apparently, not chastened by the impeachment process. the core of the impeachment is a cooperation with a foreign government, invitation to a foreign government to dig up -- well, pressure, in fact, on a foreign government to dig up dirt on a political opponent, driven by his personal attorney outside the normal policy process, including people appointed by this president. that's the essential claim here, and we've seen loads of sworn testimony to that effect during the public hearings. so now you have the president's personal attorney, still going to ukraine, meeting with some shady characters there with pro-russian ties, seeming to invite foreign interference in the election again. it's just remarkable. i mean, that the president takes from this process in effect, a free pass to continue doing that. and we should note, now, republicans have made the argument that, hey, why not investigate? okay, but just remember how this investigation -- you have a department of justice, right, that investigates this sort of stuff and is run, by the way, by bill barr, who you appointed.
you don't have your personal attorney doing that, and interviewing characters over there who, for instance, one of them studied with the kgb, worked with the prior pro-russian government. if that is your source of information in a report that i wouldn't doubt we see tweeted out by the president in due course, raises at least questions -- >> and what is remarkable and bears sort of underscoring is they're doing this in plain sight. they're not, you know, picking up the phone quietly and calling the ukrainians. rudy giuliani is there, having meetings, talking about his meetings, talking about the fact that he wants to come back and brief the president. ft. last weekend on the lawn of the white house says he can't wait to talk to giuliani to hear about what he said and that giuliani should go to congress and give the report. now the split screen is almost mind blowing of the impeachment happening and giuliani arriving at the white house to delivery that report. >> this is the risk for republicans. they've spent a lot of oxygen, especially yesterday, really litigating this idea that when
the president said, "do us a favor, though" that the operative word was "us" and "us" suddenly meant the united states of america and as a result of that, it was a legitimate inquiry for him to make to the ukrainian president. but the problem is is that that is, first of all, not true, but secondly, it was refuted by the president's own administration officials in the sworn testimony that we heard over the course of the last several weeks. and the risk now is that now that giuliani is emboldened, he's going this all again, he's now digging even deeper into those wells of conspiracy to pull up something new that republicans are now going to be forced to defend. and i think it's going to be a lot harder. >> republicans kept saying, so many of them during the 14 hours of debate yesterday on their various amendments, all of which went down michael, that the president was totally justified in raising the possibility of criminal behavior by the former vice president's son, hunter biden, who was on the border of burisma, this ukrainian gas company. >> well, that's -- it turns out
that that's wrong, too. if we -- so here's a quick lesson in constitutional law. the president of the united states has to be following one of two things when he takes action. a policy or the constitution. he doesn't make the policy, congress makes the policy. it appropriated the money here. that leaves him with the constitution. nothing in the constitution authorizes him to put together a shadow operation that would include rudy giuliani going abroad. the constitution certainly doesn't authorize him to enlist a foreign government's aid here. and lastly, the republicans have been complaining about closed-door hearings. this is considerably worse than any closed-door hearing, because this took place on foreign soil. it's just rudy giuliani there, who's not accountable to anybody. and he's going to bring back something we have to presume is accurate, but as jim has pointed out, may well be based on russian propaganda. >> yeah. >> so it's the worst of all possible worlds. >> we're going to stay on top of this and on top of all of the events going on.
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with all the news here in washington, a major victory for british prime minister boris johnson and his quest to get britain out of the european union as soon as possible. his party won a landslide victory and will have a solid majority for parliament. congratulations have poured in for boris johnson, including for president trump, saying this. congratulations to boris johnson on his great win. what does this mean for brexit? >> reporter: this means brexit will happen the 31st of january. boris johnson now has the mandate, he has the number of votes he requires in the house of parliament to get that divorce part of the brexit deal done by the end of january. of course, negotiations for the future relationship begin after that, and that all needs to be
tied up by this time next year. this is an absolutely historic outcome. it is against all the odds and many predictions when boris johnson became prime minister in the summer where he had a very, very weak hand. this is on par with margaret thatcher's victory in the late 1980s, it's on par with the late prime minister tony blair in the late '80s and '90s. boris johnson is saying he will now unite the country, promising to get brexit done, promising to deliver on all the things he said he would deliver in social care, in the health service in britain, on infrastructure, on education, on policing, on security. all of those things he says he'll now deliver on. he faces a major challenge from scotland, however, the scottish national party there won 48 out of the 55 seats. their leader sees that as a
mandate for an independence referendum next year. boris johnson has said in the past that is not going to be on the cards, and in his speech today he talked about leveling up a united country. england, scotland, wales and northern ireland all united. boris johnson very clear on that. so big challenges ahead, wolf. >> landslide historic win for the british prime minister. thank you very much, nick robertson joining us from london. we have special coverage on the historic vote to send two articles of impeachment of president trump to the inside floor flo floor. "inside politics" with john king begins right after this. nsuranc. ♪ yeah, geico did make it easy to switch and save.
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welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thank you for sharing this very big news day with us. the trump impeachment now one step from the finish line. the house committee on party line votes this morning accusing the president of abusing his power and obstructing congress. plus the house is poised to take its final step next week, then on to the senate. the majority leader, mitch mcconnell, promises even before the trial begins that the president will not be convicted, nor will he be removed from office. and the reminde
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