Friday the 13th, 2019 is a day that will haunt the United States for some time to come.
It is the day that the House of Representatives sent articles of impeachment to a vote on the floor in an attempt to remove Donald Trump from office. Given the ominous superstitions surrounding the date, it almost feels as though this is a memorable side note in some future Ken Burns-produced documentary about whatever troubling chapter of American history is about to unfold.
Yet, still, after the partisan bickering belied the very political nature of the process, and the worrisome timing, the Democrats are still moving forward.
Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a vote by the full U.S. House on Friday, as the Judiciary Committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.
The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment next week, before lawmakers depart for the holidays.
The partisan committee split — 23 Democrats to 17 Republicans — reflects the general atmosphere in the full Congress. The Democratic-majority House is expected to approve the charges against Trump next week, but the Republican-controlled Senate is likely to acquit him after a January trial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will work closely with the White House in order to expedite the inevitable Senate trial, pushing to acquit the President on all charges as opposed to simply dismiss the nonsense.
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