The House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, passed the two articles of impeachment Friday against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstructing Congress.
After more than 14 hours of rancorous deliberation the committee voted to approve the articles of impeachment against Trump by a 23 to 17 margin, along party lines. It will now go to the full House for a vote, where it is expected that some Democrats in swing states may vote against impeachment.
On Thursday, there were five separate votes regarding the impeachment article. One of the votes was to eliminate the first article on abuse of power and the second was to take out a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter Biden, became a central figure in the Republican deliberations. The controversy surrounds Hunter Biden’s previous position as a paid board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. His firm Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, “received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia,” according to an investigation by John Solomon at The Hill.
Democrats began pushing for impeachment (again) after an unnamed whistleblower accused President Trump of a ‘quid pro quo’ with Ukraine. The whistleblower, who did not have any direct knowledge of the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported to the Intelligence Community inspector general that Trump had warned Ukraine that if it did not investigate the Biden’s the U.S. would not release the aid.
Guess the anti-Trump whistleblower didn’t believe Trump would actually publicly release his transcripts of the call with the foreign leader but that’s exactly what happened. The transcripts showed no ‘quid pro quo,’ bribery, or extortion as claimed by the Democrats.
However, that didn’t seem to matter to House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, or Nadler, D-NY, who continued their impeachment proceedings against Trump.
The Democrats couldn’t charge Trump with bribery or extortion, so they charged him instead with obstruction and the very general term abuse of power. Republicans fought hard on Capitol Hill Thursday night but they are outnumbered by Democrats and could not stop the partisan vote.
On Thursday, there was also a third vote to note that the aid withheld for a short time period from Ukraine was eventually released and the final fourth vote was to strike the entire second amendment on obstruction of Congress. There was also a fifth vote to strike the entire proceeding.