President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives on both articles of impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice.
December 18, 2019 is a day that will go down in history. The 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has been impeached. After almost 12 hours of debate, the House of Representatives voted tonight to approve the first article charged to Trump: Abuse of Power. On the first article, 230 representatives voted yes, to 197 no votes. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), one of Trump’s 2020 opponents, voted “present.” The House later voted to approve the second article: Obstruction of Congress.
On the second article, 229 representatives voted yes, to 199 no votes. Again, one person voted “present” — presumably Gabbard. Trump now becomes the third president in United States history to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. With the decision made, proceedings now move to Senate, which could potentially convict Trump and remove him from office. The Senate hearing will likely come in January 2020.
It’s been an arduous journey to get here. Talk of impeachment began in 2018, after years of misconduct, unhinged rants, and heinous behavior in the Oval Office. Democrats, with the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, went full steam ahead with impeachment hearings after the president was caught engaging in a quid pro quo arrangement with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump urged the president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the former vice president and one of his strongest opponents in the 2020 election, and his son, Hunter Biden. In exchange, Trump implied that the United States would give substantial aid to Ukraine.
Speaker Pelosi: "On this vote, the yeas are 230. The nays are 197. Present is 1. Article One is adopted." She slams the gavel. pic.twitter.com/jh5LrJ0cX9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 19, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) December 19, 2019
The day before the impeachment, Trump sent an incredulous, raging, six-page letter to Pelosi, accusing the Democrats of engaging in “open war” by pursuing impeachment, likening it to a coup. “By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy,” the president said in his letter. “You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish, personal, political, and partisan gain.” Read the full letter to Speaker Pelosi HERE.
In the early morning of December 18, just hours before the House vote, the president went on a 23-tweet rant, including 19 retweets from supporters and quotes from Fox & Friends. He wrote in his own tweets, “Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!”
While he was being impeached back in Washington, the president was having a reelection rally in Michigan with Vice President Mike Pence. Pence swore earlier in the night to the White House press pool that Trump was watching the vote. Following the House vote, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement, calling it “one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation.”
“The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings,” read the statement. “He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated. President Trump will continue to work tirelessly to address the needs and priorities of the American people, as he has since the day he took office.”