House committee decides how impeachment vote will be conducted

Posted at 8:20 PM, Dec 17, 2019

The House Rules Committee met on Tuesday to decide on the process for Wednesday's House session, which will likely result in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

By a 9-4 party line vote, the Rules Committee decided that there will be six hours of debate on the House floor on Wednesday. The six hours will be divided evenly between the two parties. Members of the House will then vote on the two articles of impeachment being offered by House Democrats -- one on obstruction of Congress and another on abuse of power -- individually.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that enough Democrats plus Congress' lone independent have committed to voting for articles of impeachment against Trump. The result would result in Trump becoming the third president in American history to be impeached.

The House said that Wednesday's session will get underway at 9 a.m. ET, but it is unclear exactly what time debate on the impeachment will start.