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united states and around the world. this is "early start." good morning. >> i'm dave briggs. it's december 19th, 4:00 a.m. in new york. and breaking overnight, a twist on the impeachment. a senate trial now in limbo, put there by a surprise power play by house speaker nancy pelosi. she refused to commit to send the articles of impeachment over to the senate for trial. >> can you guarantee that the impeachment articles will be at some point be sent to the senate? can you guarantee that? >> that would be our intention. but we'll see what happens over there. >> so, you may not -- >> you're asking me, are we all going to go and play in the snow? that has not been our conversation. >> she says democrats will make a decision as a group when to send the articles to the senate.
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phil mattingly with the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: christine and dave, for history, the house of representatives has impeached donald trump. two articles of impeachment. abuse of power and obstruction of congress. and donald trump is the third president in history to be impeached by the house. what happens next? we know the senate is the next place for the articles of impeachment to come. when are the articles of impeachment being sent over, according to the speaker, that's an open question. >> we have legislation that would enable us to decide how we will send over the articles of impeachment. we cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the senate side. and i hope that will be soon, as we did with our legislation, our resolution 660, to describe what the process would be. so far, we haven't seen anything
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that looks fair to us. hopefully, it will be fair. and when we see what that is, we'll send it. >> reporter: to give a behind-the-scenes explanation, this is in part of a leverage play. mitch mcconnell has made clear, he does not believe any witnesses should be brought forth in a trial. he's willing to have the first stage of a trial take place and if members want witnesses to come, perhaps hold votes on whether they want to hear from the witnesses. those votes will be on a fla threshold. republicans have 63% of the senate. however, mcconnell and democratic leader, chuck schumer, still need to meet. they have a sitdown to agree with what the rules of the road will be. what pelosi is doing, saying she will not send over the articles of impeachment until she has an understanding of whether that process will be fair, is giving
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chuck schumer a little bit of leverage when he speaks with mitch mcconnell. mitch mcconnell will speak in a couple of hours, laying out his view of the next steps forward. pay close attention to that. and pay close attention to whether mcconnell and schumer meet. and pay attention whether the articles of impeachment are sent to the united states senate. >> thank for that. democratic lawmakers lining up to support speaker pelosi's vision. >> senator mcconnell said he is, in effect, the foreman of the jury, is working with defendant's counsel, that's not fair. that's an indication of an unfair -- an intention to have an unfair trial. >> i think this tool can be extremely useful. and the weeks ahead, also, give us an opportunity to get more information.
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there are court cases that deal with access to tax returns. bolton wanted to have a court ruling whether or not he should appear. there's many shoes that can fall. we give nothing up. >> republicans scoffing of the idea. republican leader mcconnell's former chief of staff, josh holmes, tweeted, they're considering holding a grenade with the pin pulled, rather than facing what will happen sending it over mcconnell's wall. a split-screen in history, president trump on-stage in a rally in michigan, as speaker pelosi presided over the house vote to impeachment. the president angrily mocked democrats for wanting him out. >> you're declaring open war on american democracy. you are the ones interfering in
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america's elections. you are the ones subverted america's democracy. we did nothing wrong. nothing whatsoever. you are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our republic. by the way, it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached. the country is doing better than ever before. we did nothing wrong. we did nothing wrong. and we have tremendous support in the republican party. the president's most vicious attack was at a world war ii army veteran and his widow. boris sanchez explains. >> reporter: dave and christine, at over two hours, this is the longest speech of president trump's presidency. trump aucoften times rambling a scathing in his speech. it doesn't feel like we're being
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impeached, reveling in theed a d'orati adoration of his supporters. he was going after nancy pelosi. chuck schumer, also attacking hillary and bill clinton. but the most appalling comments made by president trump tonight, aimed at debbie dingell of michigan, at the death of her husband, former congressman, john dingell, the longest serving congress member until his death. listen to what president trump said. >> they have this dingell. dingell, from michigan. you ever hear from michigan. debbie dingell. that's a beauty. she calls me up eight months ago. her husband was there a long time. but i didn't give him the "b" treatment. i didn't give him the "c" or the "d." i gave him the a-plus treatment. take down the flags. why are you taking them down?
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for excongressman dingell. rotunda, everything. i don't want anything for it. i don't need anything for anything. she calls me up. it's the nicest thing that's ever happened. thank you so much. john would be thrilled. he's looking down. i said, that's okay. don't worry about it. maybe he's looking up. i don't know. i don't know. maybe. maybe. >> reporter: the president taking congresswoman dingell's vote on impeachment. impeachment as a whole. the president saying democrats should apologize for what they're doing to his family. dave and christine? >> boris sanchez for us. congresswoman dingell responding. let's set politics aside. i'm preparing for the first
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holiday season without the man i love. you brought me down in a way you cannot imagine. and your hurtful words made my healing much harder. president trump bringing up his son, barron, during that rally while attacking presidential candidate elizabeth warren. >> crazy pocahontas goes to the middle of central park or -- she's in manhattan. you got me. and, people, i would have barron go into central park and he would get a crowd just as large. >> previously, republicans including first lady melania trump criticized the stanford law professor for invoking bar john ron trump for her democrat. the first lady tweeted, a minor child deserves privacy and should be out of politics. you should be ashamed of your
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angry and abay yased public pandering and using a child to do it. democrats were reportedly instructed ahead of the vote not to cheer. but as the president trump was impeached on abuse of power, some democrats began to clap in celebration. that did not last long. pelosi quickly waved her hand and shot them a withering glare. >> on this vote, the yeas are 230, the thnays are 91. >> i have given that look before to my children. my unruly children. the cheering was not repeated when she announced the president had been impeached on the second article, obstructing congress.
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they were sad to be impeaching the president. some wore black to emstrademons the gravity on the volt. gabbard said she could not oppose impeachment. but she couldn't support it because removal of the sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process fueled by tribal animosities that are divided our country. the impeachment of president trump is sure to be a topic in the debate in los angeles. we're there with a preview, next.
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on what might be the worst week of the president trump's presidency, one of his biggest triumphs, usmca. the house is expected to pass the bill today, after wednesday's historic impeachment vote. >> we're here for the american worker and what's in this agreement. >> the silver lining of this impeachment and witch hunt, that's the reason they approved usmca. that's okay with me. >> usmca is like the old nafta with much-needed modernization. it requires 75% of the car's part to be made in the three
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countries. and it has more content for people making $16 an hour. and there's more access to markets for dairy farmers. the agreement addresses environmental problems in the region. and it removes controversial protections for biological drugs. while the deal is supposed to pass the house, the senate won't vote until after the impeachment trial. mcconnell expedited the confirmation of 11 district judges in the senate. bringing wednesday's total to 13 votes. mcconnell and trump have changed the landscape across the u.s. with 50 circuit court judges. mcconnell says his motto for the remainder of the congress is leave no vacancy behind. tonight, democratic candidates go head-to-head in los angeles. the candidates will have more
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time to sell themselves. only one minority kanld date qualified. cnn's kuyung law has more. >> reporter: the sixth democratic debate is taking place tonight. seven of the candidates are here in los angeles preparing for the debate. three candidates will be in the upcoming senate trial. joe biden and his son, hunter, at the center of the president's conduct that led to his impeachment. these capped dates will be out of public view in debate prep. cory booker is in campaigning in los angeles. senator booker and julian
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castro, candidates, did not qualify for this evening's debate. they have been talking increasingly, how the debate stage, with the exception of andrew yang, will be all-white. no black or latino candidates qualified for this evening's debate. what can you expect from this evening? expect separation and expect elizabeth warren to mention this -- 200-plus former obama administration and campaign workers have decided to publicly endorse her instead of the former vice president. cnn will air the debate live this evening. christine? dave? >> kyung lah, thank you very much. it's a crucial night to break through. the presidential debate live from los angeles. watch it on cnn and your local pbs station. 8:00 p.m. tonight. for the second time this
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a chinese woman arrested for trespassing at mar-a-lago, trump's resort in florida. jing lu was spotted on club group grounds and asked to leave. officials say she is in the u.s. on an expired visa. president trump, of course, not at mar-a-lago yesterday. earlier this year, another chinese national, was arrested for trespassing at the club. she was convicted and awaiting deportation. in fresno, california, police arrested a 17-year-old girl on wednesday, saying she tried to take a small plane on a joyride. surveillance video shows the aircraft driving into a circle before crashing into a chain-link fence. they see no link to domestic terrorism. it's unclear how she started the
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aircraft. no one was injured in the crash and no passenger planes were at risk. the historic impeachment of president trump, set the stage for a new power struggle between nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. details are next. it's gentle on her skin, and dermatologist recommended. tide free & gentle. safe for skin with psoriasis and eczema.
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so far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us.
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>> an unprecedented move by house speaker nancy pelosi could delay president trump's delay president trump's impeachment trial in the senate. *- >r > wp we did . nothing whatsoever. debbdebbir debbdebbide. >> president trump on the attack, ripping democrats and a deceased world war ii army veteran. we're hours away from a seven-way primetime showdown, as the democratic candidates for president prepare for a live tv debate. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." good morning. >> good morning. a stunning twist on the impeachment of president trump. a senate trial now in limbo, put there by a surprise power play by house speaker nancy pelosi.
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after they voted for emimpeachment yesterday, she refused to commit to send the articles of impeachment over to the senate for trial. >> can you guarantee that the impeachment articles will be at some point be sent to the senate? can you guarantee that? >> that would be our intention. but we'll see what happens over there. >> so, you may not -- >> you're asking me, are we all going to go out and play in the snow? that has not been our conversation. >> she says democrats will make a decision as a group when to send the articles to the senate. congressional correspondent phil mattingly with the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: christine and dave, for history, the house of representatives has impeached donald trump. two articles of impeachment. abuse of power and obstruction of congress. and donald trump became the third president in history to be impeached by the house. what happens next? we know the senate is the next place for the articles of impeachment to come. we know a senate trial will
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likely come after that. when are the articles of impeachment being sent over? according to the speaker, that's an open question. >> we have legislation that would enable us to decide how we will send over the articles of impeachment. we cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the senate side. and i hope that will be soon, as we did with our legislation, our resolution 660, to describe what the process would be. so far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us. hopefully, it will be fair. and when we see what that is, we'll send up our managers. >> reporter: to give a behind-the-scenes explanation, this is in part of a leverage play. mitch mcconnell has made clear, he does not believe any witnesses should be brought forth in a trial. he's willing to have the first stage of a trial take place and if members want witnesses to come, perhaps hold votes on
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whether they want to hear from the witnesses. those votes will be on a threshold. republicans have 53 seats in the senate. if mcconnell gets his way. however, mcconnell and democratic leader, chuck schumer, still need to meet. they have a sitdown to agree with what the rules of the road will be. what pelosi is doing, saying she will not send over the articles of impeachment until she has an understanding of whether that process will be fair, is giving chuck schumer a little bit of leverage when he speaks with mitch mcconnell. now, keep in mind, mitch mcconnell will speak in a couple of hours, laying out his view of the next steps forward. pay close attention to that. and pay close attention to whether mcconnell and schumer meet. and pay close attention whether the articles of impeachment are sent to the united states senate. guys? >> mil phil mattingly, thanks. democratic lawmakers lining up to support speaker pelosi's vision.phil mattingly, thanks.
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democratic lawmakers lining up to support speaker pelosi's visiohil mattingly, thanks. democratic lawmakers lining up to support speaker pelosi's vision.phil mattingly, thanks. democratic lawmakers lining up to support speaker pelosi's vision. >> senator mcconnell said he is, in effect, the foreman of the jury, is working with defendant's counsel, that's not fair. that's an indication of an unfair -- an intention to have an unfair trial. >> i think this tool can be extremely useful. and the weeks ahead, also, give us an opportunity to get more information. there are court cases that deal with access to tax returns. bolton wanted to have a court ruling whether or not he should appear. there's many shoes that can fall. we give nothing up. >> republicans scoffing of the idea. republican leader mcconnell's former chief of staff, josh
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holmes, tweeted, they're entertaining holding a grenade with the pin pulled rather than facing what will happen sending it over mcconnell's wall. a split-screen moment in history, at 8:34 p.m. last night, president trump on-stage in a rally in michigan, as speaker pelosi presided over the house vote to impeachment. the president angrily mocked democrats for wanting him out. >> you're declaring open war on american democracy. you are the ones interfering in america's elections. you are the ones subverted america's democracy. we did nothing wrong. nothing whatsoever. you are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our republic. by the way, it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached. the country is doing better than ever before. we did nothing wrong.
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we did nothing wrong. and we have tremendous support in the republican party. the president's most vicious attack was at a world war ii army veteran and his widow. boris sanchez explains. >> reporter: dave and christine, at over two hours, this is the longest speech of president trump's presidency. trump often times rambling and scathing in his criticism of democrats. it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being it doesn't feel like we're being impeached, reveling in the adoration of his supporters. he was going after nancy pelosi. chuck schumer, also attacking hillary and bill clinton. but perhaps the most appalling comments made by president trump tonight, aimed at debbie dingell of michigan, at the death of her
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husband, former congressman, john dingell, the longest serving congress member until his death. listen to what president trump said. >> they have this dingell. dingell, from michigan. you ever hear from michigan. debbie dingell. that's a beauty. she calls me up eight months ago. her husband was there a long time. but i didn't give him the "b" treatment. i didn't give him the "c" or the "d." i gave him the a-plus treatment. take down the flags. why are you taking them down? for excongressman dingell. oh. okay. do this. do this. do that. rotunda, everything. i don't want anything for it. i don't need anything for anything. she calls me up. it's the nicest thing that's ever happened. thank you so much. john would be thrilled. he's looking down.
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thank you so much, sir. i said, that's okay. don't worry about it. maybe he's looking up. i don't know. i don't know. maybe. maybe. >> reporter: the president taking congresswoman dingell's vote on impeachment and impeachment as a whole very personally. the president saying democrats should apologize for what they're doing to his family. dave and christine? >> boris sanchez for us. congresswoman dingell responding. let's set politics aside. my husband earned all of the accolades after a lifetime of service. i'm preparing for the first holiday season without the man i love. you brought me down in a way you cannot imagine. and your hurtful words made my healing much harder. president trump bringing up
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his son, barron, by name during that rally while attacking presidential candidate elizabeth warren. >> crazy pocahontas goes to the middle of central park or -- she's in manhattan. you got me. and, people, i would have barron go into central park and he would get a crowd just as large. >> previously, republicans including first lady melania trump criticized the stanford law professor for invoking barron trump during her testimony. the first lady tweeted, a minor child deserves privacy and should be out of politics. you should be ashamed of your angry and embarrassed public pandering and using a child to do it. democrats were reportedly instructed ahead of the vote not to cheer. but as the president trump was impeached on abuse of power, some democrats began to clap in celebration.
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that did not last long. pelosi quickly waved her hand and shot them a withering glare. >> on this vote, the yeas are 230, the nays are 197. present is one. article one is adopted. >> and there was that glare. the cheering was not repeated when she announced the president had been impeached on the second article, obstructing congress. democrats said wednesday they were sad to be impeaching the president. some wore black to demonstrate the gravity on the volt. tulsi gabbard voted present on impeachment. in a statement afterwards, she couldn't in good conscience vote yes or no. gabbard said she could not oppose impeachment.
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but she couldn't support it because removal of the sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process fueled by tribal animosities that have gravely divided our country. >> what did you think of the glare? >> i've given that glare to my children. >> grandma pelosi. >> that was a mom move. you say grandma pelosi. that was a mom look if i've ever seen one. the impeachment of president trump is sure to be a topic in the debate in los angeles. we're there with a preview, next.
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47 minutes past the hour. boeing will halt production on the 737 max next month. that's bad news for the american economy. that plane has been grounded since two fatal accidents in five months. boeing is one of america's biggest manufacturers and its biggest exporter, the decision could weigh on gdp next year. it could knock half a percentage point off of first quarter gdp. bank of america expects 0.2% growth next quarter. the sector has contracted four months in a row. it's a recession in manufacturing in this country.
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the production cut is also bad news for g.e. g.e. makes the max 737 engines. all eyes were on impeachment proceedings, mitch mcconnell approved judges in the senate. bringing wednesday's total to 13 votes. mcconnell and trump have changed the landscape across the u.s. with 50 circuit court judges. mcconnell says his motto for the remainder of the congress is leave no vacancy behind. tonight, democratic candidates go head-to-head in los angeles for the sixth and final debate for the year. it's the smallest debate field yet. the candidates will have more time to sell themselves. it's also the least diverse group of candidates so far. only one minority candidate qualified. cnn's kyung lah has more.
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>> reporter: dave and christine, the 2020 democratic candidates attempt to turn the page from the impeachment of the president to politics. the sixth democratic debate is taking place tonight. seven of the candidates are here in los angeles preparing for the debate. three candidates will be in the upcoming senate trial. bernie sanders, elizabeth warren and amy klobuchar. joe biden and his son, hunter, at the center of the president's conduct that led to his impeachment. these candidates will be out of public view in debate prep. cory booker is in campaigning in los angeles. senator booker and julian castro, candidates, did not qualify for this evening's debate. they have been talking increasingly, how the debate stage, with the exception of andrew yang, will be all-white. no black or latino candidates
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qualified for this evening's debate. so, what can you expect from this evening? expect separation and expect elizabeth warren to mention this -- 200-plus former obama administration and campaign workers have decided to publicly endorse her instead of the former vice president. cnn will air the debate live this evening. christine? dave? >> the pbs news hour politico democratic debate live on cnn and your local pbs stations at 8:00 eastern time. trading cows with wakanda. what showed up on the tariff tracker, next. p trespassing at
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presidenpresident trump' presi florida. ththis ip this is trthisths happened this year. jing lu was spotted on club grounds and asked to leave. ssherrshe returned tsh. officials say she is in the u.s. on an expired visa. president trump, of course, not at mar-a-lago yesterday. earlier this year, another chinese national, was arrested for trespassing at the club. she was convicted and awaiting deportation. russian president vladimir putin to be sured to be asked about president trump's
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impeachment at his marathon news conference under way in moscow. the year-end event usually lasts for about four thrilling hours and generates dozens of stories. joining us now, fred pleitgen joins us now. >> reporter: it makes "dances with wolves" seem like a short film. mostly vladimir putin has been asked about domestic politics in russia. he's been asked about the environment and climate change. we haven't gotten to that part -- we're sure he's going to be asked about impeachment, as well. one thing we know about vladimir putin and the russian government, they have been firmly in the corner on president trump on that issue and a variety of other issues, as well. there was a senator that came out earlier today and mirrors republican talking points on the issue of impeachment.
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he says he believed that the impeachment was not about removing trump from office but preventing him from being re-electioned. some of the things we're hearing president trump say, as well. we are going to see whether or not vladimir putin is going to be asked that. we're sure that he will be. in this press conference, as we noted, is extremely long, the foreign policy questions usually do come a little later. there's probably going to be questions about ukraine. probably going to be questions about syria. the one thing we're looking for is whether or not, what he's going to say about the impeachment about president trump. >> "dances with wolves" references, that's what you get from fred pleitgen. let's look at global markets. pretty much mixed here overall. we look at wall street for this thursday morning. only about six trading days in the year. up a little bit.
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and stocks finished mixed wednesday. that ended a two-day run of record highs. the dow closed and s&p fell a little. but the nasdaq hit a record high. new rules for instagram influencers. facebook said users will be banned if they promote contact about vaping, tobacco and weapons. instagram doesn't take a cut of partnerships. but it does make money from branded content ads. brandon content promoting alcohol and diet supplements will face special restrictions. i've seen gods fly. i've seen men build weapons -- >> "black panther" trading with the u.s. the fictional country wakanda was listed on the tariff tracker as a free trade partner. the usda says it used wakanda to
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test the system behind the tracker and forgot to remove it. listed as tariff-free, cows and frozen water chestnuts. >> what do you mean fictional? i thought it was real. what are you going to tell me is fake next? really ruining my thursday. ahead, thanks to our international viewers. enjoy your day. for the rest of our viewers, "early start" continues right now. so far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us. >> an unprecedented move by house speaker nancy pelosi could delay president trump's impeachment trial in the senate. we did nothing wrong. nothing whatsoever. debbie dingell, that's a beauty. >> president trump on the attack, ripping democrats and a deceased world war ii army
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veteran. we're hours away from a seven-way primetime showdown, as the democratic candidates for president prepare for a live tv debate. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. if you look at the papers today, waking up to impeached. impeached. impeached. immee impeached. 12-19-19. a twist to the impeachment of president trump. a senate trial now in limbo, put there by a surprise power play by house speaker nancy pelosi. after they voted for impeachment yesterday, she refused to commit to send the articles of impeachment over to the senate for trial. >> can you guarantee that the impeachment articles will be at some point be sent to the senate? can you guarantee that? >> that would be our intention. but we'll see what happens over

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