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IN TEN MINUTES
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 13, 2019) — In a strict party-line vote on Friday morning, the House Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler voted affirmatively on two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
The vote took place without preamble beginning at 10:02 a.m. Nadler had abruptly adjourned an all-day hearing from Thursday just after midnight, reportedly without informing the minority Republicans of his intention to table the vote until Friday morning.
Each article was voted on separately by roll call, and the session was gaveled closed at 10:12 a.m.
The articles say that Trump committed “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” which some have argued do not meet constitutional standards as to “Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” as outlined in Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
The votes on both articles were 23 in favor and 17 against, with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) not voting due to a recent hospitalization.
As he adjourned the vote, Nadler said that committee members will have “two days” to file objections.
At 10:12 a.m., Fox News’s Bill Hemmer reported that a “party-line vote” on a presidential impeachment is a “first” in U.S. history.
According to Special Adviser to the President on Impeachment Pam Bondi, the White House legal team is prepared to present its case in the Senate, which will become the trier-of-fact if the full House of Representatives passes the articles. It is expected that a vote will take place in the full chamber next week.
On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Hemmer that if the House should forward approved Articles of Impeachment to the upper chamber of Congress, he will dispense with the matter within “a week.”