House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that her party will continue in the impeachment effort by holding a full House next week.
Describing the impeachment effort as “urgent,” Pelosi told a group of reporters on Thursday that she was waiting on the House Judiciary Committee to confirm the articles before she could schedule a full floor vote.
On Friday morning, Democratic members of that committee voted to confirm the two articles against President Trump, including “abuse of power” and “obstructing Congress.” The final votes for each article were 23 to 17, strictly along party lines.
The Western Journal reports Democrats have used a phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Zelensky on July 25 to argue both impeachment articles.
From the report:
“It is an impeachable offense for the president to exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit while ignoring or injuring the national interest,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York said at a news conference Tuesday.
“That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 presidential election.”
Alleging a quid pro quo, Democrats have taken issue with a July 25 call phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
As for “obstruction of Congress,” Nadler said, “A president who declares himself above accountability, above the American people and above congress’ power of impeachment — which is meant to protect against threats to our democratic institutions — is the president who sees himself as above the law.”
The House Speaker said would not be coercing moderate Democrats to support the impeachment effort.
“People have to come to their own conclusions,” she said on Thursday.
“We are not whipping this legislation, nor do we ever whip something like this,” she also said.