Update: as expected, the House Judiciary Committee, in a 23-17 vote along party lines, approved articles of impeachment against President Trump, and is now sending them to the House for a vote. Specifically, the committee approved articles of impeachment related to abuse of power.
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Why did China unexpectedly announce a delay in its much anticipated 930am presser from the China State Council where it will provide Beijing's take on the so-called "Phase 1" deal, and either send stocks soaring or tumbling? According to some, it is because Beijing is waiting for the outcome from this morning's House vote on Trump articles of impeachment, which as a reminder, was abruptly postponed late on Thursday and carried over to this morning.
China says briefing delayed a half an hour, to 10am ET...— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) December 13, 2019
... which means it will begin just as the House Judiciary Committee is being gaveled in to vote on articles of impeachment.
As NBC reports, the House Judiciary Committee is nearing a historic vote on Friday morning on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, one on the abuse of power and the other on obstruction of Congress.
The committee will resume its meeting from last night at 10 a.m. ET.
The votes come after the committee spent 14 hours on Thursday debating the articles and debating amendments offered by Republicans that sought to change the resolution. Lawmakers had expected to cast votes on the measures at the end of the night, but Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly recessed the markup after 11 p.m. ET, catching Republicans off-guard, who expressed outrage at the surprise move.
Instead, Nadler said that the committee would vote on Friday morning in an effort to give lawmakers time overnight to contemplate how they plan to vote on such an important measure.
Democrats on the committee also explained on Twitter that the vote was so significant that it should take place during daylight hours when more people are likely to be watching.
"A vote on Articles of Impeachment is one of the most consequential and historic votes any member will cast. It should only take place in the light of day — not at 11:30 at night," Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., tweeted.
It is unclear just when that vote will take place, but readers can watch it live here.