The US House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power, making him just the third president to be impeached in US history.
The vote on the first article was 230-197. All but two Democrats voted in favour, and all Republicans voted against. One Democrat, Tulsi Gabbard, voted “present.”
A House majority also voted yes on the second article, concerning the obstruction of Congress.
House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, argued that the president had left them with “no choice” but to impeach him.
“If we do not act now we would be derelict in our duty,” Pelosi said. “It is tragic that the president’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary.”
Mamamia’s daily news podcast The Quicky explain what impeachment means for Donald Trump.
The articles accuse Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. Trump is alleged to have withheld $391 million in military aid to the country as he sought to get Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner.
Donald Trump has been IMPEACHED on both counts against him: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. pic.twitter.com/BMXjCD2PVk
— Tom D’Angora (@TomDangora) December 19, 2019
He is also accused of ignoring and stonewalling the impeachment inquiry by directing executive branch employees to ignore House subpoenas.
Trump is all but certain to be acquitted in the Senate, which is scheduled to take up the impeachment trial in January.
Donald Trump is the 3rd President in US history to have been impeached by the House. But, impeachment doesn’t mean instant removal.
There will then be a trial held in Senate. If 67% of the Senate votes for conviction, then he will be removed from office.
Otherwise, he remains.
— zellie (@zellieimani) December 19, 2019