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House Judiciary Committee takes historic vote on impeachment of President Trump

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 10:16:52-05

After a dramatic delay late Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee formally approved the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump with a party-line vote, sending them to for a full House vote.

The Committee voted 23-17 to send the articles of impeachment — one of abuse of power and one of obstruction of Congress — to the House floor.

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler late on Thursday night abruptly paused his committee's debate on articles of impeachment before final votes until Friday morning, prompting howls of protest from Republicans after a marathon session that had stretched more than 14 hours.

As the debate appeared to be winding down toward a final vote on the impeachment articles , Nadler announced that the committee would instead hold a final vote on the two articles Friday morning, and banged his gavel down. The hearing will resume at 10 a.m. EST Friday, allowing Democrats to hold a historic vote in the daytime instead of close to midnight.