Impeachment articles hearing: what does ‘strike the last word’ mean?

It has been a phrase that has been uttered dozens of times in Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but what does “I move to strike the last word" actually mean?

It sounds as if a lawmaker wants something stricken from the record, but in reality, that’s not the case.

When a member of congress states “I move to strike the last word” it means he or she wants to speak, NBC News reported. The chair then allows the member to speak for five minutes, according to the Congressional Research Committee.

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