JUST RELEASED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE
Here are the complete articles of impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, as released Sunday night by the House Judiciary Committee’s Democrat majority.
The committee approved two articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The committee vote went along party lines.
The House Rules Committee meets Tuesday to establish the rules for the debate on the House floor, preceding the full vote..
The House is scheduled to debate and vote on Wednesday. Debate on the issue is likely to consume the entire day, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will not require Democrats to vote a certain way, but that this will be a matter of conscience. Democrats will try to get the vote accomplished for the evening news cycle.
Because Democrats control the House, the resolution will likely pass with a majority, although some Democrats are expected to vote against in, particularly those who serve districts where Trump is popular.
This will be the third impeachment of a president in U.S. history; Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, but no president has been removed from office through impeachment.
The charges will then go over to the Senate as a “privileged resolution,” which means the Senate must take it up immediately, with the senators serving as the jury. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside.
The prosecutors will come from the ranks of the House Democrats and the president will choose his own defense lawyers. The trial is expected to take place in January.