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House Judiciary Committee approves articles of impeachment against Trump

<b>House Judiciary Committee approves articles of impeachment against Trump</b>Both articles, on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, will go to the full House for a vote next week.
The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday — paving the way for votes in the full House of Representatives next week that could make Trump only the third president in history to be impeached. Both articles -- the first charging Trump with abuse of power, and the second charging him with obstruction of Congress -- were approved by the committee on party-line votes, with all 23 Democrats voting in favor and all 17 Republicans voting against. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) missed the vote because he was recovering from a heart procedure. That outcome was no surprise, since the Judiciary Committee is generally filled with staunch liberals and conservatives, and since opinion on Trump's impeachment and the Ukraine scandal has fallen along partisan lines in the House. The committee's vote came after a lengthy, three-part hearing — opening statements Wednesday night, a marathon all-day debate on amendments to the articles Thursday, and a final vote Friday. it's a step towards the first true test for the impeachment push, which will occur on the House floor next week, when more than two dozen moderate Democrats representing districts Trump won will finally have to decide to vote for impeachment, or against it. Then, if either or both articles are approved by the House, that will mean Trump is impeached — and a trial in the Senate will follow, this January, to determine whether to remove him from office. Abuse of Power: 1. "Corruptly solicited the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations" into his political rival Joe Biden, and into "a discredited theory" that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election. 2. Attempted to condition two "official acts" on this announcement -- a White House meeting with Ukraine's president, and the release of $391 million of blocked military aid for Ukraine. Obstruction of Congress: 1. Directed the White House to defy a subpoena for documents 2. Directed other executive branch agencies, such as the State Department and Defense Department, to defy subpoenas 3. Directed current and former executive branch officials to refuse subpoenas for their testimony


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