The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Friday, sending the articles of impeachment to the full House, where Trump could become the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
From NBC News:
“Today is a solemn and sad day,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said after the vote in brief remarks to reporters. “For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously.”
The measures, which will likely be voted on by the full House on Wednesday, were passed by the committee after weeks of damaging testimony about Trump’s alleged conduct from past and present diplomats and other government officials, as well as legal scholars. They asserted the president had improperly withheld security aid to Ukraine for political reasons, including seeking an investigation of the Bidens.
The votes on Friday followed 14 hours on Thursday debating the articles and amendments offered by Republicans that sought to gut resolutions. There was no further discussion of the impeachment articles on Friday morning before the two quick roll call votes lasting only a few minutes.
While publicly mocking the impeachment proceedings, Trump is reportedly humiliated by the move, takes no responsibility for anything that led him to here, and rages against his perceived enemies in private.
BREAKING: In historic votes, US House Judiciary Cmte. moves to advance 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump for full votes in the US House. https://t.co/fGXcs0KBdE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2019