The day millions of Americans have dreamed about, hoped for, and fought for, is here. Barring any unforeseen crises, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, will go down in history as the day President Donald Trump was impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.
But many people don’t know what to expect. Will the vote take place in the morning? Afternoon? Evening? Will it be televised?
The House of Representatives has not done a good job of amplifying to the American people what to expect, on what will end up being a day that will close with – for the first time ever – a sitting first-term president having been impeached, and only the third time ever a president has been impeached.
So here’s what to expect.
9 AM ET is the expected start time for the House of Representatives, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. He predicts the final impeachment vote will take place between 6:30 PM ET and 7:30 PM ET.
The full House of Representatives will debate for six hours the two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald John Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of congress. But expect those six hours to be closer to eight or more, as the clock will be stopped for a multitude of reasons, including breaks, procedural inquiries, and anticipated disruptions from the Republicans.
The cable news channels are officially beginning their coverage at 8AM (CNN) or 9AM (MSNBC and C-SPAN). Not near a TV? You can watch ABC News’ live streaming video feed below. Or visit YouTube and look for PBS or The Washington Post’s feed.
C-SPAN has scheduled the re-run of Wednesday’s impeachment debate and vote to begin at 8PM, so they are predicting the impeachment vote to have been taken by then. You can also watch C-SPAN live on its website.
Ironically, at 7 PM Wednesday President Trump will begin a campaign re-election rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. So as the rally begins he could announce he has been impeached. Expect more madness than you’ve ever witnessed at a Trump rally.
One other vote is expected to take place: Deciding who the House will choose to become Impeachment Managers during the Senate’s trial in January.
Here’s ABC News’ live feed:
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Trump Impeachment Hearings to Be Televised Live by Top Broadcast Networks, Cable News, and ‘Wall-to-Wall’ Online Streaming
Just like Watergate. Only bigger.
The impeachment will be televised – or at least, this week’s impeachment inquiry hearings will be.
The top broadcast television networks and top cable news networks will all air the House Intelligence Committee hearings live, according to The Hill. That means ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS will all pre-empt their regularly scheduled programming. MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN will also air the hearings live. CBS’s website CBSN is also expected to offer “wall-to-wall” online streaming, and others, including PBS are expected to as well. The House Intel Committee has already scheduled the live hearings videos to its YouTube channel.
Several news outlets are comparing this week’s hearings, which are expected to attract millions upon millions of viewers, to the Watergate hearings in 1973. The Associated Press on Monday called those historic hours – nearly 250 across 51 nights – “a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts.”
The Watergate hearings ran from May to November 1973, 46 years ago. President Richard Nixon ended up resigning the following year in August.
This week’s hearings kick off on Wednesday, with testimony from Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent. Taylor is Chargé D’affaires for Ukraine for the U.S. State Dept. Kent is responsible for the European and Eurasian Bureau at the State Dept.
On Friday, former Ukraine Ambassador Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch will testify before the Committee.
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