The Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States approved on Friday two charges against President Donald Trump, opening the way for the full vote on whether to proceed with the political trial against the president.
The legislators of the Committee voted attached to the party lines, with 23 voices in favor and 17 against, to continue with the accusation against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Now it is up to the plenary, where the Democrats have a majority. The accusation needs a simple majority to be approved, but in the Senate, controlled by Republicans, the impeachment process needs a two-thirds majority to be approved.RELATED
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, told Fox News on Thursday that "there is no chance that the president will be dismissed."
After two months of investigations, Democratic lawmakers claim that Trump has retained military and military aid to Ukraine for electoral and personal interests in the east.
In addition, he is accused of offering a visit to the White House to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, in exchange for Kiev opening an investigation against former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his political rivals ahead of the 2020 elections.
Democrats also believe that Trump incurred obstruction in trying to block Congress' efforts to investigate the president's actions, which for them is a violation of the Constitution, which gives the Legislature a mandate to supervise the Executive Branch.
Before Trump, two American presidents faced a political trial: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Republican Richard Nixon resigned before the vote.