Donald Trump headed back to the White House Sunday after spending Thanksgiving break in Mar-a-Lago with his family - and a 36-hour trip to surprise troops in Afghanistan.
The president waved and gave supporters his signature thumbs up as he made his way back to Washington D.C. with first lady Melania and 13-year-old son Barron.
It was Trump's first Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Florida after changing his residence from New York. He enjoyed a belated dinner at Mar-a-Lago with his wife and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and their partners and children after spending the actual holiday with troops.
Wearing his trademark red MAGA cap, a white sleeve shirt and jacket Trump boarded Air Force One alongside Melania, wearing a cream jacket, on Sunday.
Teenager Baron, wearing a white t-shirt, towered over his 6 feet, 3 inches tall father and made the peace sign to the waiting cameras.
Trump's route to the airport was lined with a mixture of supporters and critics calling for his resignation. It comes as the impeachment inquiry into the president moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
The president, pictured with teenage son Barron, waves as the first family headed back to Washington D.C. on Sunday
Trump enjoyed a belated dinner at Mar-a-Lago after spending the actual holiday with troops in Afghanistan
Wearing his trademark red MAGA cap, a white sleeve shirt and jacket Trump boarded Air Force One Sunday. He was joined by first lady Melania, wearing a cream jacket, and son Barron, 13, who made the peace sign, left
United States service members deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan pictured after President Donald Trump delivered remarks Thursday during a surprise Thanksgiving visit
The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial.
A draft report will be available for members of the House Intelligence Committee to view in a secure location before their planned vote on Tuesday, which would send their findings to the House Judiciary Committee to consider actual charges.
Majority Democrats say the report will speak for itself in laying out possible charges of bribery or 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' the constitutional standard for impeachment. Republicans want Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to testify, though they have no power to compel him to do so, as they try to cast the Democratic-led inquiry as skewed against the Republican president.
'If he chooses not to (testify), then I really question his veracity in what he's putting in his report,' said Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
'It's easy to hide behind a report,' Collins added. 'But it's going to be another thing to actually get up and have to answer questions.'
Schiff has said 'there's nothing for me to testify about,' that he isn't a 'fact' witness and that Republicans are only trying to 'mollify the president, and that's not a good reason to try to call a member of Congress as a witness.'
The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial. Donald is pictured with first lady Melania boarding Air Force One, left, and son Barron, right
Trump and his son Barron board Air Force One en route to Washington after a Thanksgiving vacation in Florida
Trump returned on Friday from his 36-hour whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he served U.S. troops a Thanksgiving dinner and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss reopening talks with the Taliban. He is pictured Sunday with Melania
Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base
Coming after two weeks of public testimony, the findings of the House Intelligence Committee report are not yet publicly known. But the report is expected to mostly focus on whether Trump abused his office by withholding military aid approved by Congress as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch investigations into Trump's political rivals.
Democrats also are expected to include an article on obstruction of Congress that outlines Trump's instructions to officials in his administration to defy subpoenas for documents or testimony.
Democrats are aiming for a final House vote by Christmas, which would set the stage for a likely Senate trial in January.
The Judiciary Committee's first hearing is Wednesday. It's expected to feature four legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the committee decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump, and if so, what those articles will be.
After weeks of deriding the process as a sham, Trump has yet to say whether he or his attorneys will participate in the Judiciary hearings. He's previously suggested that he might be willing to offer written testimony under certain conditions.
It's unlikely that the president himself would attend on Wednesday, as Trump is scheduled to be at a summit with NATO allies outside London. The Judiciary Committee gave the White House until Sunday evening to decide whether Trump or his attorneys would attend.
Trump must then decide by Friday whether he would