House panel approves two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump

epa08069357 Republican Representative from Florida Matt Gaetz (C) delivers remarks to members of the news media following the House Judiciary Committee's markup of House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 13 December 2019. The House Judiciary Committee has written two articles of impeachment accusing US President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The committee voted to approve the two articles of impeachment, setting up a vote on the House floor next week.

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A fiercely divided House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Friday, setting up a historic vote before the full House that would make him only the third president to be impeached.

The New York Times reports that the impeachment articles, passed over fierce Republican protests, accused the president of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress. The votes and a fractious two-day debate preceding them reflected the realities of the hyperpartisan divisions in American politics that have grown wider during Mr. Trump’s three years in office.

With back-to-back votes shortly after 10 a.m., the Democratic-controlled committee recommended that the House ratify the articles of impeachment against the 45th president, over howls of Republican protest. Each passed, 23 to 17, along strictly partisan lines.

The full House is expected to vote on Wednesday to impeach Mr. Trump, and he would stand trial in the Senate in the new year.

via New York Times

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