House committee votes to advance articles of impeachment against Trump

A historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump is expected this week in the Democrat-led House of Representatives, a move likely to trigger a trial to remove the president from power early next year in the Republican-controlled Senate.

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – moving the articles to a full House vote. A vote in the full House could happen Wednesday or Thursday, according to Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., the chairman of the House Rules Committee.

Impeaching Trump equates to nothing more than approving formal charges against him, but is important because it requires the Senate to hold a trial over whether to convict the president of the charges. Impeachment also carries a historical weight because just two presidents in U.S. History – Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 – have been impeached. Richard Nixon resigned before the matter came to a full House vote.

USA TODAY