Impeachment watch: 600 rallies planned on impeachment eve to support Trump's ouster

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Supporters are planning to hold 600 rallies across the country on the eve of impeachment to urge lawmakers to vote for articles of impeachment.

On the night before Donald Trump is assured to be impeached, supporters of his impeachment and removal from office are planning to hold hundreds of rallies across the country to urge lawmakers to impeach and remove Trump.

"The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, we'll head to every congressional office and public square to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law as representatives finalize their positions and senators look on," organizers wrote on a website to organize the rallies.

The events will take place at 5:30 p.m. local time in each location, with the hope that the gatherings show how much public support exists to punish Trump for abusing the powers of the presidency to try and force Ukraine into investigating his political rivals.

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Trump is near assured to be impeached, as almost every House Democrat has announced that they plan to vote for the two articles of impeachment Trump faces.

On Monday, a number of Democrats in competitive House seats announced they now support impeachment, saying Trump's actions were so bad they are willing to risk reelection to vote to impeach him.

They include Reps. Ben McAdams of Utah, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Andy Kim of New Jersey, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, and Abigail Spanburger of Virginia. Trump carried a number of these districts in 2016, albeit by slim margins.

It's unclear whether voting to impeach Trump will have any bearing on these Democratic lawmakers' reelection hopes. Public polling shows that more Americans back impeachment than those who do not.

Here's what else is happening in impeachment news:

  • Rudy Giuliani is outright admitting to one of the impeachable offenses Trump faces, saying that he did indeed try to oust the now-former United States ambassador to Ukraine because she stood in the way of the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden that both Trump and Giuliani were seeking. "I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way,” Giuliani told the New Yorker, referring to former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. "She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody."
  • Meanwhile, the House Rules Committee plans to meet Tuesday to set up the rules for debate on the House floor on the two articles of impeachment.
  • Senate Republicans are rejecting Democrats' request to have key impeachment witnesses that Trump has blocked from testifying appear in the Senate's impeachment trial against Trump.

Come back tomorrow for more impeachment news.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.