House Judiciary Committee to debate articles of impeachment against Trump

A news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 10, 2019.A news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 10, 2019. Susan Walsh/AP

Members will make opening statements before a vote as early as Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday evening takes up the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for debate and approval, holding a “markup” — a public meeting where members can debate and offer amendments to the charges.

Each lawmaker on the 41-member committee will have the opportunity to make a five-minute opening statement before the committee reconvenes Thursday morning to continue debate and to make any changes to the wording.

It’s unlikely that Democrats will approve any substantive changes to the articles before the expected party-line vote to send them to the full House Thursday ahead of final votes next week, setting the stage for a Senate trial beginning in January.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Tuesday that Democrats were going forward with charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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