Donald Trump is set to become the third president in American history to be impeached on Wednesday when the House of Representatives gathers to vote on whether he abused the power of his office by attempting to extort a political favour from Ukraine and then obstructed the subsequent congressional investigation into his conduct.

Defiant as ever, Mr Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and that the process is a partisan “witch hunt” against him, writing a six-page letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing House Democrats of “declaring open war on American democracy”.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius described the letter as “the most unpresidential presidential document ever written” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after rallies backing the impeachment process were held in cities across the country on Tuesday evening.

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If you're looking to watch along during the hours of debate, PBS Newshour has a live stream right her:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, says President Trump has "an open border policy" for election interference.

Another retweet of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right here:

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Rep. Greg Steube, R-Ohio, appears to believe that Richard Nixon was impeached. He was not. He resigned before the House could vote on articles of impeachment.

Here's John Lewis, speaking to the gravity of today's vote:

“I come to this floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, but as an American,” says former Republican (now Independent) Justin Amash of Michigan, speaking during Democrats’ time in support of impeachment.

“President Donald J Trump has abused and violated the public trust” by “abusing his high office” for “personal and political gain,” he adds.

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, accused House Democrats of abuses of power “over the past three years” since Donald Trump became president.

Republicans controlled the House for the first two years of Mr Trump’s presidency.

Rep. John Lewis, the hero of the civil rights movement who now represents Georgia, is recalling the time he came to Washington to march for civil rights. “This is a sad day, it is not a day of joy,” he says.

“when you see something that is not right...you have a moral obligation to do something,” he says.

For anyone wondering when the debate may end, the House is on track for a 7pm EST vote on impeachment, given the remaining time available to Democrats and Republicans today.

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Despite Republicans’ frequent claims that Democrats are now “the party of impeachment,” today’s vote will mark the first time that Democrats have impeached a Republican president. Both prior completed impeachments have been of Democratic presidents.

“Donald J Trump sacrificed our security in an attempt to cheat in the next election...and for that...he must be impeached,” Schiff says to conclude his remarks

Schiff says Republicans “have made their choice” to allow President Trump to cheat because it helps their party.

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Schiff notes that Rudy Giuliani is still trying to generate sham investigations into the Bidens: “the President and his men plot on,” he says

Schiff says President Trump did not care about corruption in Ukraine or Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia, he “only cared about a chance to cheat” in next year’s election.

"He tried to cheat, and he got caught," Adam Shiff said, cheering on the bravery of the whistleblower.

He said Mr Trump thought he could get away with his efforts to coerce Volodymyr Zelensky, but was caught by this impeachment effort.

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Nadler has designated Rep. Schiff to control the rest of Democrats’ time. Mr Schiff is now delivering a scathing denunciation of President Trump’s habit of asking foreign governments to help him win elections.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chair, is currently sitting in the front row of the House chamber.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is now accusing Democrats of using impeachment to thwart an investigation into Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Russia -- not Ukraine -- interfered in the US election.

Gohmert also accused Ukraine of invading Georgia in 2014. It was Russia that invaded Georgia, not Ukraine.

After he finished, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says he is "very concerned" that a member would "spout Russian propaganda" on the House floor. Gohmert proceeded to scream at Nadler some more.

Rep. Will Hurd, one of a few Republicans who has been willing to criticize Donald Trump in the past, says "a dangerous precedent will be set" today, of "impeachment becoming a weaponized political tool".

The Texas Republican -- the only black Republican in the House -- says that Mr Trump's actions represent a "bungling foreign policy" but are not impeachable offenses. Some Democrats had hoped he would join them in voting for impeachment, as he is retiring after this year.

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