Donald John Trump became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached when the House on Wednesday approved two articles of impeachment accusing him of abuse of power and obstructing Congress in his dealings with Ukraine.
The two articles passed almost exclusively along party lines.
Lawmakers voted 230 to 197 on the resolution accusing Trump of abusing his power, with all Republicans opposed and only two Democrats — Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (N.J.) — crossing the aisle in dissent. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), a Democratic presidential candidate, voted present.
The second article, alleging obstruction, passed along near-identical lines, 229-198.
Wednesday’s votes send the two articles to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he’ll hold an impeachment trial early next year.
It’s widely expected that the GOP-controlled Senate will fall far short of the two-thirds majority required to convict Trump, meaning he will almost certainly join the small club of presidents — including Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — to be impeached but remain in office.
The House vote came as Trump was speaking at a campaign rally in Michigan.
2/All eyes on her.
Her, victorious but somber.
Her, wearing mourning dark for this historical moment.
Her, with one stare reminding everyone that Impeachment isn't joy but sadness over the heinous acts that sought to destroy our country. #MadamSpeakerpic.twitter.com/x69YVjJHZD
— 🍂Selena Adera🍂 (@Selena_Adera) December 19, 2019