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House Judiciary Committee to vote

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on impeachment articles following a marathon debate that went late into Thursday evening.

The committee will resume debate at 10 a.m. EST Friday and will hold two votes – one on President Donald Trump’s alleged abuse of power and the other on the obstruction of Congress during the impeachment inquiry. 

Democrats allege Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for military aid and a White House meeting. Trump, they said, then stonewalled the investigation he called a partisan “witch hunt,” which led to the charge of obstruction of Congress.

Trump became only the fourth president to have the committee recommend articles of impeachment against him. Former Presidents Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 were impeached, but not removed from office. Nixon resigned in 1974 after the committee approved articles against him, but before he was impeached.