The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump, who will be facing a trial in the Senate to determine whether he remains in office.
The House voted in favor of impeaching US President Donald Trump and will be placing the decision on whether he stays in position to the Senate. Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached by the House, Andrew Johnson being the first one and Bill Clinton being the second.
The House voted on two charges, one claiming that the president abused his power and the other that he obstructed Congress. Almost all Democrats voted for the charges while every Republican voted against them.
The first charge was based on Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic political rival, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Meanwhile, the second charge of obstruction was filed because the president allegedly refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, withheld documentary evidence and prohibited his key aides from testifying.
After 10 hours of partisan debate on the merits of the two impeachment charges, the House called for votes and the first charge passed by 230 votes to 197, with New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew and Michigan’s Collin Peterson the only Democrats opposing it.
The second charge passed by a vote of 229 to 198, with Democrat Jared Golden of Maine the only one casting a different vote from the first charge.
While the voting was taking place, Trump was in Battle Creek, Michigan addressing a campaign. He addressed the crowd saying: “While we’re creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what’s going on.”
A White House statement was released, saying that the president was “confident that he will be fully exonerated” in a Senate trial.