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US House moves closer to Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON The US House of Representatives moved closer on Thursday to the impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump, as a committee considered formal charges against him that are likely to be sent to the House for a final vote next week.The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve two articles of impeachment later on Thursday, which will allow a vote by the Democratic-controlled House next week that is expected to make Trump the third president in US history to be impeached. If the House impeaches Trump, who is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the matter would go to the Senate for a trial. The Republican-led chamber is unlikely to vote to remove Trump from office.At the start of what could be a long day of partisan wrangling, Republicans on the Judiciary panel repeatedly complained about the procedures followed by Democrats in the impeachment inquiry. Republicans requested another hearing and said their rights had been trampled in the inquiry, but were voted down by the panel s Democratic majority. Rules have just been thrown out the window in this process, said Republican US Representative Debbie Lesko. It continues to amaze me how corrupt, how unfair this process has been from the start. Democrats noted that Republicans were not addressing the substance of the charges against Trump. Let us dispense with these process arguments and get to the substance of why we are here today, Democratic Representative Joe Neguse said. Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power by trying to force Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and of obstructing Congress when lawmakers tried to look into the matter. Former Vice President Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump next year.Trump has denied wrongdoing and condemned the impeachment inquiry as a hoax. No crime! Trump wrote on Twitter early Thursday. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee accused Democrats of overplaying their hand by accusing Trump of the crimes of bribery and extortion in the media and then pulling back.

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