House panel approves Trump impeachment charges
President Donald Trump is now one step closer to becoming the third president impeached in American history.
On Friday the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against Trump.
The charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote: 23 to 17, along party lines.
Democrats voted in favor, accusing the president of pressuring Ukraine into opening an investigation into one of Trump's political rivals.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP.
KAREN BASS, SAYING:' 'this is the highest of high crimes and president trump must be held accountable.'' SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP.
MARY GAY SCANLON, SAYING: ''We have the president's own words, ''I want you to do us a favor, though.'' After Friday's vote, Republicans condemned the impeachment process.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP MIKE JOHNSON, SAYING: "You don't get to remove a president because you don't like him.
They did not produce a scintilla of evidence to support a charge of impeachment." Trump blasted the Democrats.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "There was nothing done wrong.
To use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country." Friday's action sets up a full House vote on whether to impeach the president next week.
If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach, the matter goes to trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, which has shown no interest in removing Trump from office.