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'Today is a solemn and sad day': Nadler

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Published on December 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

'Today is a solemn and sad day': Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said it was a 'solemn and sad day' after the House committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Republican President Donald Trump on Friday.

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'Today is a solemn and sad day': Nadler

Republican Rep.

Louie Gohmert slammed the impeachment vote as 'abuse of power' by House Democrats.

A Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Republican President Donald Trump on Friday, making it almost certain he will become the third American president in history to be impeached.

A deeply divided House Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 along party lines to approve an article of impeachment charging Trump with abusing the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate a possible rival in the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden.

The panel also backed a second article by the same margin accusing Trump of obstructing Congress' investigation of the Ukraine scandal by ordering administration officials not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

The full House, where the Democrats hold a majority, is likely to approve the charges next week, completing the impeachment process and sending Trump for trial in the Senate within weeks.

But the Republican-led chamber is unlikely to vote to find the president guilty and remove him from office.

In raucous hearings, Republicans have defended Trump and accused Democrats of a politically motivated farce, while Democrats have accused the president of endangering the U.S. Constitution, jeopardizing national security and undermining the integrity of the 2020 election by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July phone call to investigate Biden.

The U.S. House Rules Committee said it would meet on Tuesday to establish procedures for the House of Representatives to follow when it considers two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump next week.

The panel's meeting, set for 11 a.m.

(1600 GMT), sets the stage for a debate before the full House of Representatives that is likely to begin on Wednesday.

The committee generally sets the terms for House debates the day before action on the House floor.

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