On Wednesday, the House of Representatives impeached the President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, by making him the third president in the history to be charged with committing high crimes. Finally the house finalized Trump impeachment.
Votes on the two articles of impeachment fell largely along party lines, on a day of constitutional consequence and raging partisan tension after an unpleasant debate that stretched into the evening and reflected deep polarization holding American politics in the Trump era.
There are only two Democrats, who opposed the article on abuse of power that accused Trump of corruptly using the levers of government, to lobby election assistance from Ukraine in form of investigations to discredit his Democratic political opponents. Republicans were united in opposition. It passed 230 to 197, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling the vote to a close from the House rostrum.
On the second charge, obstruction of Congress, a third Democrat joined Republicans in opposition. The vote was 229 to 198.
Impeachment votes set the stage for a historic trial beginning early next year in the Senate, which will have final say 10 months before Mr. Trump faces re-election on whether to acquit the 45th president or convict and remove him from office. The timing was uncertain, after Ms. Pelosi suggested late Wednesday that she might wait to send the articles to the Senate, holding them out as leverage in a negotiation on the terms of a trial.
Democrats characterized his impeachment as an urgent action to stop the corrupt president Trump whose missteps had unfolded in plain view, from damaging the United States any further.
Democrat of California and the Intelligence Committee chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff, who also led impeachment inquiry said,
“We have found incontrovertible evidence, Over the course of the last three months, that President Trump abused his power by pressuring the newly elected president of Ukraine to announce an investigation into President Trump’s political rival,”
“The president and his men plot on,” Mr. Schiff said. “The danger persists. The risk is real. Our democracy is at peril.”