Judiciary committee approves articles of impeachment against President Trump

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WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The House Judiciary Committee voted Friday morning to pass two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The committee voted quickly along party lines. The entire vote took less than 10 minutes.

The vote was initially expected to take place Thursday night, but Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) abruptly ended the hearing around 11 p.m. ET. Republican members of the committee were visibly angry with the decision, calling it “unbelievable.”

At that point, the committee had spent at least 13 hours debating amendments to the articles of impeachment. Throughout that marathon session, the committee voted on six amendments to the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Five were proposed by GOP members and were voted down by Democrats. The sixth was introduced by Rep. Nadler and was passed.

The articles of impeachment will now move on to the full House of Representatives for a vote. That’s expected to happen next week.

If the charges are approved by the full House, the impeachment will go to a trial in the Senate.

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