U.S. House panel to cast impeachment vote on Trump on Friday
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 15, 2019,
Dec 15, 2019, 0:25
United States lawmakers took the grave step Friday of approving two charges against Donald Trump, setting up a full House of Representatives vote to impeach the president for abusing his powers and obstructing Congress.
Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation the president's political rival and former vice president, Joe Biden, who is also a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
The judiciary committee launched the two-day session on Wednesday evening at the Capitol.
But Republicans have circled the wagons around their president, insisting he has done no wrong and accusing Democrats of unsafe overreach.
In response, the Democratic minority leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, said in a statement: "If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate, every single senator will take an oath to render "impartial justice".
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Then the bigger struggle of how these cuts will be allocated between members needs to be tackled. The group's goal is to to support the price of fuel and energy around the world.
Attention is now focused on the trial schedule and procedures, as they could influence next year's presidential election. The second article concerns the White House's attempts to impede the investigation of the impeachment case, namely, the refusal to provide the required documents, pressure on witnesses. President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House in 1868 but acquitted after a Senate trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is openly meeting with Trump's lawyers to plan the Senate trial, which McConnell says he knows will find the defendant not guilty.
"No crime!" the USA president said on Twitter early on Thursday.
A House vote is expected next week. Technically, we'll then move into a trial, but pretty much every Republican in the Republican-led Senate has already declared that their minds are made up.
The committee approved the articles, setting up a vote before the entire House, in a 23-17 vote that went along party lines.
The House judiciary panel heard from legal scholars on the constitutional grounds for impeachment, before producing the articles to be voted on in a process subject to Republican protest and obstruction.