House Judiciary Committee expected to send two articles of impeachment to full House for a vote next week.
Washington, DC – A key committee of the Democrat-led US House of Representatives is poised to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
After working late into the night on Wednesday in an unusually solemn meeting, the House Judiciary Committee continued debating the impeachment charges for more than 12 hours on Thursday before unexpectedly breaking for an overnight recess. The panel’s chairman, Jerrold Nadler, said the panel will reconvene for a vote on the impeachment articles at 10am (15:00GMT) on Friday. If approved, the articles would then go to the full House for a vote next week.
“President Trump has not only abused his power in the upcoming election he has used a foreign power to do it,” said Representative Zoe Lofgren, a senior Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee.
The looming House vote sets in motion a process in a divided Congress that is politically risky for both Democrats and Republicans ahead of national elections in 2020.
Democrats have introduced two articles of impeachment, charging that Trump abused the powers of his office by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.