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Panel vote sends Trump impeachment charges to full House

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WASHINGTON (WXOW/AP) - President Donald Trump reacted quickly after the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against him. Using the words he's embraced nearly every day for weeks, he called the proceedings "a witch hunt, a scam, a hoax."

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday morning.

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.

All day Thursday, the committee clashed in pointed and at times emotional debate, drawing on history and the Constitution to argue over the two charges Trump faces. He is accused of abusing his presidential power in pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rivals and then obstructing Congress by trying to block its investigation.

Wisconsin Democratic Representative Ron Kind spoke about the impeachment process at a news conference on Friday. He said it is unconstitutional and illegal for anyone to use their power to get foreign countries involved in a United States campaign. Representative Kind said there is too much evidence to look the other way.

"We have asked the President and the White House time and again that if you have any evidence or any facts to counteract evidence that's set before us, to bring it forward," Representative Kind said. "Instead of doing that, they've done the opposite. He has put a lid on any of his top administrative officials from coming to testify and he has prevented any documents from being produced in the course of this investigation."

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