On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, making him the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.
The House voted almost entirely along party lines for two articles of impeachment to remove the President from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The case was sent to the Senate for a trial expected to start next month.
The impeachment votes marked the culmination of the climax of the three-month Democratic investigation into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals while withholding US security assistance and a White House meeting.
The House voted 230-197 to charges Trump with abuse of power and 229-198 to charge him with obstruction of Congress. The votes were largely split along the party, Two democrats voted against both articles, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who is expected to to switch parties soon. A third representation, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, voted for one impeachment article. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted present for both articles.
Trump’s impeachment, which occurred 85 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the opening of the impeachment inquiry, will have long-lasting ramifications across Washington.