President Donald Trump has been impeached.
According to NPR, “House lawmakers voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday in only the third such rebuke in American history. The move triggers a trial for Trump in the Senate, expected in January — one in which majority Republicans are likely to permit him to retain his office. The vote was 230 to 197 on the first of two articles of impeachment — abuse of power — with one member voting present. The House then proceeded to vote next on the second article — obstruction of Congress.”
The outlet continued: “The House vote follows months of talk by Democrats about impeaching Trump and investigations that deepened profound political division across the country. Impeachment discussions accelerated in September after the discovery that the president wanted Ukraine to conduct investigations that could help him in the 2020 election.”
Only two other US presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 before he could be formally impeached.
Don’t get too excited just yet. Just because the House voted to impeach Trump, it does not mean he’ll be removed from office. It’s actually highly unlikely. At least 67 members of the Senate would have to vote to convict him on one of the impeachment articles in order for him to removed from The White House.
Rep. Maxine Waters spoke at the hearing, calling for Trump to get impeached. “This day was not inevitable, but it was predictable, because this president has shown himself time, and time again to believe that he is above the law and he has no respect for our Constitution or our democracy,” she said. “Yes, I called for Trump’s impeachment early. This is our country. Our foremothers and forefathers shed their blood to build and defend this democracy. I refuse to have it undermined.”
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President Trump is officially impeached. Democrats approve 1st article of impeachment on "abuse of power". 2 Democrats vote no. For a moment, there was 1 Republican yea, but it was reversed.— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 19, 2019