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House Committee Votes to Advance Articles of Trump’s Impeachment
By Staff, Agencies
On a straight party-line vote, the US House judiciary committee voted on Friday morning to move two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the House floor, in a crucial final stage before impeachment itself.
A full House vote on whether to impeach Trump was expected to be taken as early as Wednesday. He would be the third president in American history to be impeached.
A Senate trial to decide whether to remove Trump from office would follow early next year, with the expectation that the Republican majority in the Senate would acquit Trump.
The committee separately approved the two articles of impeachment, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstructing Congress, respectively, on votes of 23-17, with no members crossing party lines.
In a statement following the vote, the White House press secretary called the impeachment proceedings a “desperate charade” and said Trump “looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process”.
The vote followed a day in which Republicans dug in their heels for 14 hours to avoid a ballot on the impeachment of Trump.
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