U.S. House Judiciary Committee okays first step for Trump’s impeachment Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

The Judiciary Committee at the United States House of Representatives voted late Thursday on the first step to impeach President Donald John Trump.

The vote, largely along party lines, saw all Democrats voting to move on and impeach Trump, and all Republicans voting against.

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The vote, on Thursday night, was not the final vote by the judiciary committee to impeach Trump, rather a procedural vote to move on with a final committee vote on Friday morning when members of the committee meet at 10 a.m.

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.

Trump and the Republicans did not dispute the basic facts, 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.

The full House of Representatives is expected to vote before the Christmas holidays to impeach President Trump, and the trial will move to the Senate where the 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 than the current occupant of the White House.

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 on August 08, 1974, before he was impeached.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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