1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Jerrold Nadler, (D) New York, House Judiciary Committee Chairman:
"Today, today is a solemn and sad day. For the third time in a little over a century and a half. The House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously. Thank you."
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee described his committee's vote to pass two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as "a solemn and sad day." And Nadler said the House "will act expeditiously."
Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House's efforts to probe his actions.
The House is expected to vote on the articles next week, in the days before Christmas. That would send the impeachment effort to the Senate for a 2020 trial.