İrem UZUN -TDO- For the third time U.S. history, the House of Representatives will vote on the impeachment of a president after the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday.
The committee voted to approve both impeachment articles following a marathon hearing that went late into Thursday evening. The articles, which are on President Donald Trump's alleged abuse of power and on the obstruction of Congress during the impeachment inquiry, were both approved in separate votes by a 23-17 margin with Democrats for and Republicans against. The vote had been expected on Thursday but was delayed after more than 14 hours of rancorous debate. Republicans criticized that decision by Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Nadler, accusing him of pushing back the vote to ensure more TV coverage. Mr. Trump praised Republicans' performance on Thursday with several tweets on Friday morning. "The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
The articles will now move to the floor for a full House vote next week. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham condemned the desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry. "The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House," Grisham said in a statement.