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Protesters rally on eve of U.S. House vote to call for impeachment

Dec 17, 2019

Ann Arbor residents rally in support of impeaching President Donald Trump.
Credit Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

On the eve of a historic vote in the U.S. House, people held rallies in many cities across the country, to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  

In Ann Arbor, a large crowd of people gathered in front of the federal building, holding signs and chanting.  

Thomas Durussel-Weston said he believes the President abused the power of his office by attempting to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's political rivals.   

And he believes Trump obstructed Congress by refusing to allow White House staff to testify, and refusing to produce documents.

"People tell me that they think this is taking away time from other things the government could do," said Durussel-Weston. "And my response to that is, if the government doesn't protect democracy, then nothing else matters. If you don't have honest, non-corrupt democracy, it's a slippery slope to losing everything."

Kelly Gerlach said she believes the case for impeachment is strong.

"I am standing up for democracy, and for truth. I care about our future, and I don't want a criminal to be our president," she said. 

If the vote to impeach passes, the Senate must conduct a trial. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has suggested the trial will be brief and coordinated with the White House, with no new witnesses called.  

McConnell and other Republicans say the impeachment process in the House has been purely partisan.