The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday.
After the vote, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) held a press conference, saying it is a “solemn and sad day.”
“Today is a solemn and sad day. For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously.”
Watch his comments below:
NEW: Chair Jerry Nadler makes brief remarks following passage of impeachment articles by the House Judiciary Committee. "Today is a solemn and sad day."— ABC News (@ABC) December 13, 2019
"The House will act expeditiously," he says. https://t.co/EPAxCIAgAY pic.twitter.com/PzBELvdngb
The Judiciary Committee spent two days this week debating the articles of impeachment. It was originally scheduled to vote on whether or not to recommend the articles to the full House or a vote on Thursday night.
However, Nadler rescheduled to the vote for Friday morning to give members time to “search their consciences” before they voted.
In a statement after the vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the House would vote on the articles of impeachment next week.
“Next week, these two articles of impeachment – on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – will come to the House Floor for consideration.”
The Hill reports that Democrats are looking to hold the vote on Wednesday.
The articles of impeachment are expected to pass in the lower chamber. With a 233-seat majority, Democrats can suffer 18 defections to pass the articles without a single Republican vote.
After the House vote, if the articles are approved, the Senate will hold a trial, expected to begin in January.