Protesters Clamor for President Trump’s Impeachment on Eve of House Vote


From Boston Common to the French Quarter in New Orleans, a series of protests unfolded across the country on Tuesday evening to call for President Trump’s removal from office, a prelude to momentous impeachment votes set for Wednesday in the House of Representatives.

In Center City Philadelphia, a group of demonstrators held up signs with LED lights spelling out IMPEACH at the base of a bronze statute called “Government of the People,” while Times Square in New York teemed with protesters chanting, “No one’s above the law.”

In Charlotte, N.C., a group of protesters started to fill Marshall Park as it stopped raining, with one woman who was interviewed calling on Senator Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, to vote to convict Mr. Trump in an impeachment trial.

A coalition of liberal groups including MoveOn.org and Indivisible organized hundreds of demonstrations, which incorporated many of the same elements as the yearly women’s marches that have been held since Mr. Trump’s election in 2016.

The rallies came on the eve of a set of votes by the full House on two articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

The first article charges Mr. Trump with abuse of power, stemming from the president’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in return for foreign aid. The second article charges the president with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents to lawmakers as part of the impeachment inquiry.

The votes are expected to play out along party lines in the House, which Democrats flipped back to their control in the 2018 midterm elections. Mr. Trump would become the third president impeached by the House, joining Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency, facing an almost certain impeachment for the Watergate scandal.

No president has ever been convicted by the Senate and removed from office. It would take 67 of 100 senators to convict Mr. Trump in an impeachment trial, which is expected to take place early next year in the Republican-controlled chamber.

Melissa Guerrero, Myah Ward and Sandra E. Garcia contributed reporting.

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