White House Responds After House Committee Passes Preliminary Vote To Impeach Trump

The House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday morning to recommend two articles of impeachment against President Trump, including abuse of power and obstructing Congress.

The White House responded to the vote, which was strictly along party lines, calling the ongoing impeachment effort a “desperate charade.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement which read: “This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end. 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.”

The Washington Examiner reports the impeachment vote is likely to clear the House where it will then proceed to the Senate. There, Senate Republicans may look to turn the tables on the impeachment process towards one more favorable to the president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said his chamber will not vote to convict the president.

The Washington Examiner adds:

The two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, accuse Trump of withholding security aid from Ukraine in an effort to exert pressure forcing government officials to investigate Democratic actions to undermine Trump’s 2016 campaign and to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden, who is one of Trump’s top political rivals, and his son Hunter Biden.

The president has repeatedly railed against the House’s investigation, decrying it as unfair because many of the witnesses Republicans wanted to call, including the younger Biden, were not called to testify. Republicans in the Senate are expected to either dismiss the charges or acquit Trump after the trial.

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ABC News reports: “Trump is now the fourth president in American history to face impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives.” The others being Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974, and Bill Clinton in 1998.

The report adds:

The Judiciary Committee will send both articles – along with an accompanying report – to the House Rules Committee, which is expected to meet on Tuesday to formalize the floor debate on the charges.

The House is expected to hold two votes – one on each article of impeachment – on Wednesday.

The committee voted briskly in just ten minutes Friday morning, after a raucous and bitter 14-hour debate on the charges Thursday that lasted well into the night.

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