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Trump news – live: President attacks Congress members as they prepare for impeachment vote, after mocking teen activist Greta Thunberg

Trump news – live: President attacks Congress members as they prepare for impeachment vote, after mocking teen activist Greta Thunberg

Donald Trump is attacking teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year ahead of him, as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to resume its debate over the articles of impeachment threatening to end his presidency.

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” wrote the Leader of the Free World on Twitter.com.

The president is meanwhile under fire for hosting notoriously antisemitic Texan pastor Robert Jeffress at his White House Hanukkah party, a man who once claimed Jews would go to hell and that Mr Trump’s impeachment would cause a “Civil War-like fracture” in American society.

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2019-12-12T17:05:51.000Z

Matt Gaetz slams Hunter Biden over addiction issues and says “it’s a little hard to believe” Burisma hired him to serve on the board of the Ukrainian energy firm as his father served in the White House. 

“It is just hard to believe this was the guy … who was worth $86,000 a month to Burisma holding.”


2019-12-12T17:03:18.000Z

Republican Matt Gaetz is back to slamming Democrats and claiming the Bidens were involved in wrongdoing and corruption with Ukraine. There is no evidence to indicate what he’s saying is based in fact.


2019-12-12T17:00:33.000Z

The House Judiciary Committee is now voting on whether to remove the first article of impeachment against Donald Trump. The Democrat-led committee will easily strike down this vote and move on with the proceeding.


2019-12-12T16:57:07.000Z

Justin Amash, a former Republican-turned-Biorports, points out that multiple Republicans have wrongly said impeachment charges must include criminal acts: 


2019-12-12T16:47:38.000Z

Democrat Val Demings has clapped back at Donald Trump after he attacked her during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings against the president:


2019-12-12T16:43:38.000Z

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment articles against Donald Trump as being “very powerful” and “very strong” during her weekly press conference – 


2019-12-12T16:38:45.070Z

As The Biorports’s Andrew Feinberg notes, Republican “Greg Steube is now arguing that no Ukrainian soldiers died because military aid was delayed. There is no proof to support anything he is suggesting”. 


2019-12-12T16:37:09.906Z

Republican Greg Steube also suggests there is a “standard of criminality” for impeachment proceedings against a president. That is, of course, not the case in the United States. The US Constitution says a president can in fact be removed from office for “high crimes and misdemeanours”. 

He also suggests that impeaching Donald Trump over an abuse of power is wrong since it has never happened before in US history. However, there have only been three other impeachments, so that argument appears somewhat thin. 


2019-12-12T16:34:19.886Z

Republican Doug Collins says the “tragedy” of the impeachment is that Democrats can’t convince the public that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky felt pressured to announce investigations for Donald Trump.


2019-12-12T16:26:58.780Z

This moment from Democrat Pramila Jayapal is gaining a lot of attention online: 


2019-12-12T16:24:13.606Z

Donald Trump is live-tweeting the impeachment hearing, attacking Democrats as “the Radical Left” and “Do Nothing Democrats” –


2019-12-12T16:19:11.823Z

Republican Kelly Armstrong begins his statement by seemingly attacking key impeachment witness David Holmes for “having a 40 minute opening” statement during the public impeachment proceedings. 

He is now going on to explain why he supports the motion to remove the abuse of power impeachment article against the president. 


2019-12-12T16:17:20.570Z

“Come on! Get real! Be serious!” Democrat Jamie Raskin shouts at Republicans while laying out evidence to support the impeachment articles against Donald Trump. “Enough of these phony process objections!”


2019-12-12T16:09:49.723Z

Democrat Val Demings has tweeted out a line from the statement she just read at today’s impeachment hearing shooting down the Republican defence of the president: 


2019-12-12T15:55:16.000Z

Republican Andy Biggs is now defending the president and speaking out against the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, saying “the facts are contested” and claiming the key impeachment witnesses who heard his phone call with Ukraine were “conflicting”. However, the witnesses who heard the call described concerns they had with the president’s demands.


2019-12-12T15:43:01.000Z

Looks like Donald Trump is watching the impeachment proceedings against him, as the president sends out a tweet in real-time attacking the Democrats:


2019-12-12T15:39:43.000Z

Republican Matt Gaetz is echoing claims the Ukrainians “did not even know” the White House was withholding crucial military aid. Former Ukrainian officials have said that is not the case – the government was reportedly aware of the hold as early as July. 


2019-12-12T15:36:35.000Z

Republican Ken Buck is now sparring with Democrat Eric Swalwell after he said the president’s actions “overlap” with criminal acts. 


2019-12-12T15:32:08.000Z

Democrat Pramila Jayapal again asks: “Is it ever okay for a president to condition official action on personal gain?”


2019-12-12T15:30:16.000Z

Democrat Pramila Jayapal is asking her Republican colleagues whether any of them are willing to say that it’s wrong for a president to request help from a foreign government in a US election. 

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