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House Judiciary Committee to debate articles of impeachment against Trump

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — 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 Wednesday night 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 a final vote 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.Nadler, flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, said Trump had “violated his oath to the American people.”Schiff, whose committee led the impeachment probe with regard to Ukraine matters, said the evidence of Trump’s misconduct is “overwhelming and uncontested” and said he left them no choice but to act.”The president’s continuing abuse of power has left us no choice,” Schiff said Tuesday. “To do noting would make ourselves complicit in the president’s abuse of his high office, the public trust, and our national security.”At a campaign rally Tuesday night in Hersey, Pennsylvania, Trump derided the the articles “flimsy, pathetic” and “impeachment-lite” saying they don’t allege “bribery” or any other “crimes.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.