Analysis by Zachary B. Wolf, CNN
Updated 8:47 AM ET, Fri December 6, 2019
(CNN) Articles of impeachment — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved the House much closer to impeachment Thursday when she officially directed the Judiciary Committee to draw up articles of impeachment. (As if it wasn’t already.)
But her announcement all but guarantees that President Donald Trump will be impeached. This is happening, people.
Trump welcomes the fight — Rather than trying to avoid impeachment, the President is now welcoming a swift vote so he can defend himself in a subsequent trial in the Senate, where Republicans are in the majority. Shortly before Pelosi’s announcement, he had tweeted, “if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast.” Remember: The White House sought to block nearly all cooperation with the impeachment inquiry.
No more questions — CNN’s Manu Raju asked Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy if it’s ever OK for a President to investigate someone like Joe Biden (a domestic political rival). The California Republican said something about the Democrats having always wanted to impeach Trump, mentioned the warnings of the Founding Fathers and then walked away. Watch it.