Grisham explains why Trump wrote letter to Pelosi

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Wednesday that Trump wrote his six-page letter to Pelosi lambasting her and the impeachment process because it was very important to him that he put it down in writing so that it would be safe for future generations. 

Grisham, in an interview with Fox and Friends, added that this is a sad day and he wanted to make sure that he put down exactly what they’re doing. A president is about to be impeached for partisan political reasons and that alone.

Grisham also took a shot at Pelosi, saying that she moved forward with impeachment because she was held hostage by a very, very radical group within the Democratic Party, and I think that she was pressured to do so.

She overplayed her hand, and now she has to see it through, Grisham said.

Democrats block GOP motion to adjourn

Minutes after the House floor opened Wednesday, Republicans called for a motion to adjourn the House for the day, and they called for a roll call vote. 

Democrats blocked the motion in a 226-188 vote.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, made the motion as he was surrounded by a number of other conservatives on the floor including former Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. 

During the debate over impeachment Wednesday, Republicans are expected to offer motions on the floor that will delay the final votes on the articles.

House chaplain delivers prayer on floor: ‘Give them wisdom and discernment’

The Rev. Patrick Conroy, the House chaplain, opened the floor Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET with a prayer in which he asked for guidance for the men and women of the peoples House “as they consider important legislation” and constitutional action. 

Give them wisdom and discernment, he said. Help them to realize that your constituency is wider and broader than ever we could measure or determine.

Help them, and help us all to put away any judgments that belong to you and do what we can to live together in harmony, Conroy added.

House gavels in, votes on GOP motion to adjourn

The House gaveled in at 9 a.m. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, made a motion to adjourn, which the House is now voting on. Democrats will kill the motion, and then members will begin one hour of debate on the rule for consideration of the articles of impeachment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to preside over the floor debate as speaker pro tempore, and aide to the speaker said. Pelosi will speak at the opening of general debate and will preside over both votes on the articles of impeachment.

DeGette was chosen for the role because she is a master at presiding, is the Democrats’ toughest speaker pro tem and has been preparing for this debate for weeks, a senior Democratic aide said. 

First Read: Impeachment caps a dark and dysfunctional decade in American politics

Its only fitting that the decade is coming to an end with an impeachment vote against the president of the United States, because its been a dark 10 years in American politics.

And its gotten progressively worse, especially in the last three years.

Consider this timeline of controversy, gridlock, outrage and resentment in our politics. Add them all up, and its easily the darkest decade in politics since the 1960s. And think of anyone in their 20s right now its all theyve seen.

Get more of First Read here and here.

Schiff condemns Trump’s ‘lack of morality’

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff,  whose panel led the investigation into Trump’s Ukraine dealings at the center of Democrats’ abuse of power argument, joked Wednesday that the passage of President Donald Trump’s scorched-earth letter that focused on Schiff was “probably the nicest thing” Trump had “to say about me” in some time.

“This president does nothing but project onto others his lack of morality,” Schiff, D-Calif., told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of Trump’s Tuesday letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Read more from Schiff’s interview here. 

Trump on impeachment: ‘Can you believe…’

President Donald Trump expressed disbelief on Twitter ahead of Wednesday’s historic vote that the House is set to formally impeach him for his conduct involving Ukraine.

Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2019

Read the full story here.

Impeachment rewind: What we learned from House Intelligence Committee hearings

From Wednesday Nov. 13 to Thursday Nov. 21, Americans were glued to their televisions, computers and streaming devices, as the House Intelligence Committee held a series of long public hearings as part of a broader Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Click here for a look back on all the things we learned from two jam-packed weeks of public testimony.