WASHINGTON — In a tense and quick vote Friday morning, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The hearing followed a marathon 14-hour debate Thursday night that left Republicans fuming.
The vote lasted about ten minutes with committee members quickly voting along party lines before the hearing was adjourned.
It was an identical vote of 23 to 17 for each of the two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
"I think the articles were warranted and he committed the offenses,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) said.
Democrats said President Trump leveraged a White House meeting and aid for an investigation into Joe Biden during a phone call with the Ukrainian president.
“It’s a witch hunt,” President Trump said shortly after the vote. “It’s a sham. It’s a hoax.”
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) said the president’s phone call isn’t grounds for impeachment.
"I wouldn't necessarily advise that type of call personally but it's clearly not a crime and it's certainly not a high crime that is impeachable,” Chabot said.
After voting it out committee, all eyes are now on the full House which is expected to approve the articles of impeachment next week.
It then goes on to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial where it’s expected to fail.
Democratic leaders said it’s not stopping them from moving forward.
"We have a duty to go forward and impeach on grounds when they are apparent,” Cohen said.
"I’m not giving up on the Senate,” Rep. Val Demings (D-Florida) said. “They took the same oath that I took and I expect them to do their job.”
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