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Impeachment Matter To Enter New Phase In December

U.S. State Department

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing December 4th, to determine next steps regarding President Trump’s alleged abuse of power.  If articles of impeachment are drafted, a Senate trial will likely happen in early 2020.

U.S. Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio says Senate Majority Republicans will debate among themselves as to how to proceed in that instance. 

“Whether they should just do a one day trial, and get it out of the way, or whether they should do a real lengthy trial and interfere with the presidential prospects of a number of the Democrats, or whether they should do a two-week trial," DeFazio tells KLCC. 

"And that will enough for them to try and confuse people enough about the issue, and then they will vote to not convict. 

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in his Eugene office.

"That’s pretty clear that the Senate is gonna vote on a partisan basis.”

President Trump and his allies say no quid pro quo was arranged in his July 25th call to the Ukranian president. 

Witnesses say Trump offered continued military aid in exchange for a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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