Dec 10, 2019

Trump's Christmas gift to America

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump looks highly likely to head into Christmas impeached but riding high with record low unemployment, a surging stock market and a bipartisan trade deal to replace NAFTA.

Why it matters: This will fittingly stuff every partisan’s stockings with reasons to tell family he’s the greatest or worst president in American history.

Tuesday's remarkable split screen:

  • 9:13 a.m.: Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment.
  • 10:09 a.m.: Democrats announced they'll back the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces NAFTA.

Between the lines: It's no coincidence that House Speaker Pelosi's concerns with USMCA have been satisfied at the same time as the articles of impeachment are presented and prepared for votes, Axios' Margaret Talev notes.

  • For the 30-odd House Democrats in Trump districts for whom impeachment is a potentially perilous vote, this gives them a way to show that impeachment did not interfere with their ability to get stuff done — and gives them a vote to take home that will be important to a lot of their constituents. 

House Republicans are resigned to the fact that they are powerless to the eventual outcome that Trump will become the third U.S. president to be impeached, Rep. Mark Meadows told Axios' Alayna Treene.

  • “Elections have consequences. We're in the minority."
  • “Strategically, there's nothing that will affect the outcome, ultimately. There are lots of things we can do to highlight things. But, not, not to stop it.”

The bottom line: There's a real chance America re-elects an impeached president next year, and a chance he gets impeached again.

Go deeper: Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

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Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

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Donald Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he's headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won't be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

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The highest drama comes home

Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Here's a split screen for the ages: While House Democrats are impeaching President Trump, he'll be firing up supporters at an election rally in Michigan.

Why it matters: This is the perfect encapsulation of the impeachment process.

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Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

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House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.

What's next: The House Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on the two articles this week, before sending them to the House for a full floor vote before Christmas.