Following 14 hours of contentious debate on Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the articles of impeachment against President Trump, on Friday morning.
The historical vote to pass articles of impeachment, this Friday, lasted a few minutes. “Today is a solemn and sad day,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in a brief statement to the press. “For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously.”
Before the vote proceeded on Friday, the night before after debates, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), told members to “search their consciences before we cast our final votes.”
Rep. Karen Bass, who voted to move the articles of impeachment said, “We have the opportunity to show the world that no one is above the law, including President Trump.”
Republicans on the committee expressed outrage of the proceedings.
A full House vote is expected next week. This is the fourth president to face impeachment, and if it goes through, will be the third to be impeached. According to a report by NBC news, next week’s house vote might not be along party lines. Some Democrats in predominantly Republican areas feel another type of pressure. “The phone is ringing off the hook — both people calling pro-impeachment and people calling against impeachment,” told Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) NBC News who lives in upstate New York. “And so, we take all of that into consideration and I’m going to take some time this weekend and go back and look at all these transcripts and make sure all the evidence fits the articles of impeachment.”
President Trump’s impeachment is for him withholding military aid for political positioning. This is the third US president to go through a formal impeachment process.
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