House lawmakers voted Wednesday to impeached President Donald Trump for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to recommend a formal indictment, though the committee also could take up the matter later in the year.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he expected the House to vote on impeachment next week.
“No excuses are needed,” he said.
“There is nothing in the Constitution that says you can’t be indicted.”
A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the committee voted in favor of impeachment.
“It was clear that no one was above the law, and I think that speaks volumes about the seriousness of this issue,” the spokesman, Alex Conant, said.
He declined to comment further.
The Judiciary Committee will vote on the impeachment resolution later this week.
The full House will have to decide whether to vote for it.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., one of the three Republicans on the panel, told reporters the House will likely vote on an indictment by Thursday.
Democrats have said they plan to file impeachment charges in the House.
They will argue that Trump violated the emolument clause by accepting foreign gifts.
The law prohibits lawmakers from accepting gifts from foreign governments or corporations.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, the first day of his first 100 days in office.
Trump has defended his actions as necessary to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism.