Updated: March 6, 2021
The Judiciary Committee at the United States House of Representatives on Friday morning approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote, largely along party lines, saw 23 Democrats voting to move Trump’s impeachment to the full House, and 17 Republicans voting against it.
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The vote will now go to the full House which is expected to approve Trump’s impeachment before the Christmas holidays.
From the House, Trump’s impeachment trial will move to the Senate where Republicans have a majority, but where some have argued that they may side with either Trump or Vice President Mike Pence who is less explosive and corrosive than the current occupant of the White House.
President Trump is accused of abusing his office when he pressured the Ukrainian President in a July call to investigate his political adversary Joe Biden, and then obstructed Congress when it tried to investigate.
Following weeks of Debate, Trump and the Republicans failed to discredit the basic facts that the President acted improperly, but argued that the reasons to impeach Trump did not rise to high crime or misdemeanor offenses.
They also blamed the process for impeachment, saying it was too fast, a claim contradicted by the impeachment by Republicans of former President Bill Clinton.
President Trump would become only the third American President in more than 200 years to be impeached by Congress. The fourth President, Richard Nixon, resigned before he was impeached by Congress.