Two articles of impeachment charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
The decision to advance only two articles of impeachment against Trump heightened hopes among Democrats for a relatively smooth going for impeachment once the articles hit the House floor for a vote.
The two articles to be voted on this week by the House judiciary committee, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, were seen as the most straightforward choices by most constitutional scholars and legal observers.
Democrats accuse Trump of withholding military aid and an Oval Office meeting from Ukraine in exchange for the announcement of an investigation into the former vice-president Joe Biden, his political rival.
Democrats had been weighing a range of potential articles of impeachment that they did not use, including an obstruction of justice article relating to Trump’s efforts to pull the plug on the inquiry of special counsel Robert Mueller.
While as many as 11 presidents have had proposed articles of impeachment filed against them in the House, only three previous presidents have faced impeachment proceedings engaged by the full House of Representatives.
Democrats said they plan to vote the articles of impeachment out of the judiciary committee later this week, setting up a full House vote next week before the 20 December holiday break. At that point, Trump will be impeached.