The US House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday.
This comes only days after the House of Representatives released the two articles, which state that the president abused his power and obstructed Congress. The committee gathered on Thursday to mark up the articles, but the session was drawn out, and then adjourned by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) without a vote on the articles. When the Committee reconvened on Friday morning, each article was approved along party lines with vote counts of 23-17.
The House of Representatives will now have the opportunity to vote on whether to impeach the president. If the House does vote to do so, the impeachment process would then move on to the Republican-held Senate. Trump is only the fourth president in US history to face impeachment. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both formally impeached by Congress, while Richard Nixon resigned before Congress was able to vote.
The full House vote is expected to occur on Wednesday of next week.