Committee Approves Trump Impeachment Articles on Abuse of Power, Obstruction

23 AYEs, 17 NOs — A U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines after 14 hours of debate, moving the impeachment process to a full vote by the entire House of Representatives

13.12.2019
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A U.S. Congressional panel has passed articles of impeachment Friday (December 13) on U.S. President Donald Trump for abusing the powers of his office when asking President Zelensky to investigate political rival, former vice-president and 2020 candidate, Joe Biden.

Trump also sought an investigation into a debunked, Kremlin-made theory that Ukraine interfered in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. During the impeachment hearings Trump denied subpoenas and directed employees of the executive branch not to testify. This made up the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress.

The vote moves the process from the committee to a full House vote next week where it is expected that Trump will be impeached by a majority vote. The U.S. Senate will conduct a trial but it is unlikely that the Republican-led Senate would vote to remove Trump from office.

 

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