2020 Democrats applaud House vote on impeachment procedures

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are lauding the House’s Thursday vote to approve procedures for the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE over his dealings with Ukraine.

The measure passed 232-196, largely along party lines, with two Democrats voting with Republicans against it. It comes after weeks of private depositions by witnesses before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees over a whistleblower’s complaint that alleges Trump sought foreign assistance in the 2020 election by trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating a potential rival.

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Republicans have complained about the impeachment process, particularly the closed-door nature of the interviews. 

Many Democratic White House candidates who praised the move have previously expressed support for impeachment. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said in a statement released by his campaign that “today, the House did its constitutional duty to proceed with a solemn investigation of unprecedented wrongdoing.”

“Congress must do its duty to ensure that Donald Trump’s assault on the Constitution does not seep beyond his presidency, with a lasting and devastating impact on our democracy,” he added. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE said in a tweet that Trump “violated” his oath to defend the Constitution, “leaving our representatives with no choice but to uphold their own.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), a former state attorney general, said in a tweet that “no one is above the law.”

Ahead of the vote, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) wrote that it came because “the American people read the call summary” in response to a tweet by Trump saying that people should read the recreated transcript of his July 25 call with Ukraine’s president that was released by the White House.

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On the call, Trump pressed the foreign leader to look into Biden, according to the White House memo. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) wrote that he was “proud of House Democrats for putting partisan politics aside and setting up a process that builds consensus by ensuring the American people see the damning evidence.”

Businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE, who founded the pro-impeachment group Need to Impeach, said on Twitter that “two years ago, the political establishment told me I was wrong to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment.”

“When we organize, we win,” he wrote. 

The White House, meanwhile, blasted the inquiry after the vote. 

Trump called it the “Greatest Witch Hunt In American History” in a tweet, while White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham slammed “Democrats’ unhinged obsession with this illegitimate impeachment proceeding” in a statement. 

—Updated at 2:54 p.m.

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