House Judiciary Committee Passes Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
The vote is the fourth of its kind taken by the committee
The House Judiciary Committee has passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote is the fourth of its kind taken by the committee.
It will end the articles to the House floor for a vote that Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated will takes place next week.
Lawmakers voted on the articles following a debate that revealed a divide in Congress over the effort to impeach Trump for soliciting the Ukrainian leader in investigating Vice President Joe Biden.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler gaveled in the hearing without additional debate on amendments or statements from lawmakers.
The Democrats argue that Trump is undermining national security and the integrity of the 2020 election.
“The president abused his power and is a continuing threat not only to democracy but to our national security,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said.
Republicans slammed Democrats for targeting Trump after spending years looking for an impeachment case.
On Thursday, Pelosi admitted that the Democrats' impeachment campaign has been going for "two and a half years."
Pelosi made the remarks on Tuesday at Politico’s Women Rule Summit in Washington, D.C.During an interview with the speaker, she was asked a question regarding criticisms about “the speed” of the House Democrats' impeachment process.
“Speed? It’s been going on 22 months - two and a half years, actually,” Pelosi replied.
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Republicans noted that the two articles make no reference to bribery and extortion.
“They have to say abuse of power because they don’t have evidence of obstruction,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, argued.
“They have to say abuse of power because they have no evidence of bribery or treason.”
The two articles accuse Trump of withholding security aid from Ukraine in order to pressure them into investigating corruption allegations against Biden.
“The president committed the highest crime against the Constitution by abusing his office, cheating an election, inviting foreign interference for purely personal gain while jeopardizing our national security and the integrity of our elections,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, argued at the hearing.
Swalwell added that rump’s offenses do not have to qualify as statutory crimes.
“After all, we in Congress are not criminal prosecutors,” Swalwell said.
“We do not prosecute crimes. We protect the Constitution.”
Democrats, who outnumber Republicans, unanimously rejected several GOP amendments.