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House Committee Approves Articles Of Impeachment In Historic Vote, What Happens Next?




Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler (C) arrives to speaks to the press after the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2019.
Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler (C) arrives to speaks to the press after the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2019.
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Impeachment charges against President Donald Trump went to the full House on Friday, following approval by the House Judiciary Committee. The House is expected to take up the two articles of impeachment next week.

The abuse of power charge stems from Trump's July phone call with the Ukraine president pressuring him to announce an investigation of Democrats as he was withholding US aid. The obstruction charge involves Trump's blocking of House efforts to investigate his actions. Trump has denied wrongdoing. The vote in the House panel was split along party lines, with 23 Democrats voting in favor and 17 Republicans opposed. Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House's efforts to probe his actions.

Trump took to Twitter early Friday to praise the panel's Republicans, saying “they were fantastic yesterday.” So, what can we expect following the historic vote? We discuss the timeline today on AirTalk. 

With files from The Associated Press

Guests:

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets at @NPRrelving

Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University; author of “Impeachment: An American History,” (Random House Publishing Group, 2018); he tweets @jeffreyaengel