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House Committee votes to send Trump impeachment for full House vote

U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) speaking at the House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/TNS)
December 13, 2019

After the two days of deliberations, the House Judiciary Committee has voted to send the articles of impeachment to the House floor for a full vote.

The committee held the vote Friday morning following two prior days of arguments comprised of Democrats insisting President Trump be held accountable, while Republicans maintained Trump committed no wrongdoing.

In two separate votes of 23-17, the committee approved both Articles I and II of impeachment.

Article I alleges that President Trump abused the power of the presidency “to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.”

Article II alleges that Trump defied subpoenas and abused the power of his presidency “in a manner offensive to and subversive of the Constitution.”

A full House vote is expected to be held next week before Congress takes a recess for the holiday break.

The votes followed a grueling 14-hour day of deliberations on Thursday that stretched beyond midnight, and pushed back the vote, which was supposed to follow the conclusion of Thursday’s arguments.

The deliberations were lengthened by bipartisan arguments, including arguments pertaining to five proposed amendments to the articles of impeachment. All five amendments were proposed by Republicans and struck down in votes of 23-17.

Rep. Andy Biggs had introduced an amendment to add language in the articles of impeachment that noted the U.S. did eventually grant aid to Ukraine after a temporary hold.

Rep. Matt Gaetz had introduced an earlier amendment to remove the reference of former Vice President Joe Biden and instead replace his name with his son, Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Gaetz argued that the amendment would reflect what he says Trump actually asked in the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, which was for Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden’s conduct in relation to corruption and Burisma.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler proposed an amendment to eliminate the allegations that Trump obstructed Congress, citing unfairness to the president.

Rep. Jim Jordan’s proposed amendment would’ve struck Article I because he alleged it “ignores the truth.” He also proposed eliminating impeachment measures altogether.