Dec 13, 2019

House Judiciary Committee approves articles of impeachment against Trump

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The House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — on Friday.

Why it matters: The party-line 23-17 votes, which were delayed after a marathon markup hearing on Thursday lasted until almost midnight, completes the House committees' impeachment work and advances the articles to the House chamber for a full floor vote next week.

  • After more than 14 hours of debate about altering the articles, each of the five amendments introduced by Republicans were voted down by the committee.
  • The only change that passed the committee was the substitution of "Donald John Trump" instead of "Donald J. Trump."
  • Substantively, the final text was unchanged.

What's next: As of now, the impeachment vote is expected to happen on Wednesday, sandwiched between a Tuesday vote on funding the government and a Thursday vote on the USMCA trade deal.

  • However, members warn that until it's officially scheduled the timeline could still change.
  • Multiple Democratic members, including those in vulnerable districts that voted for Trump, don't expect a lot of Democrats to vote against the articles.
  • But they do agree that there will likely be more defectors than there were on the vote launching a formal impeachment inquiry. Most members and committee staffers guess that roughly four to six moderate Democrats will break ranks.

Go deeper: Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

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Democrats expect handful of defections on impeachment vote

The paperwork documenting the House Judiciary Committee member vote, Dec. 13. Photo: Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post via Getty Images

Most Democratic members and committee staffers who have spoken to Axios expect around four to six moderate Democrats will break ranks and vote against impeaching President Trump on Wednesday.

The big picture: According to conversations with multiple Democratic members this week, including those in vulnerable districts that voted for Trump, they don't expect a lot of Democrats to vote against the articles. But they do agree that there will likely be more defectors than there were on the vote launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

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House Judiciary pushes impeachment vote to Friday after marathon hearing

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (center) and ranking member Doug Collins (right) during a committee markup hearing on articles of impeachment against President Trump. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Getty Images

After a grueling 14-plus-hour day debating the two articles of impeachment against President Trump with no meaningful outcome, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler abruptly called a recess at 11:12 p.m. ET Thursday.

What's next: Members of the committee, their staffs and congressional reporters will return to the Hill at 10 a.m. Friday for a final committee vote to determine whether Trump abused his power and obstructed congressional authority.

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Read: The full House Judiciary Committee impeachment report

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The House Judiciary Committee released its full report on the impeachment case against President Trump early Monday.

Why it matters: The 658-page report highlights the reasons behind the two articles of impeachment against Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Its publication is required so the House can consider the articles ahead of a vote, expected Wednesday.

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