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    President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA

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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., announces the passage of the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, against President Donald Trump by the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

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    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee speaks with members on the floor during a vote on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    As members vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., stands on the dais, during a vote on the article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

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    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talks on the phone as the House of Representatives debates impeaching President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    From left, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan D-Pa., Rep Abigail Spanberger D-Va., and Rep Elaine Luria. D-Va., walk at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, as the House of Representatives debate impeaching President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Published December 19. 2019 11:50AM

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

The historic vote split along party lines Wednesday night, much the way it has divided the nation, over a charge that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. The House then approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation.

The articles of impeachment, the political equivalent of an indictment, now go to the Senate for trial. If Trump is acquitted by the Republican-led chamber, as expected, he still would have to run for re-election carrying the enduring stain of impeachment on his purposely disruptive presidency.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw a bit of uncertainty into the process Wednesday night by declining to say when, or even whether, she would send the charges to the Senate. Trump tweeted Thursday that the Senate should just go ahead and the Democrats “would lose by default,” but the trial cannot begin until the articles are delivered.

“The president is impeached,” Pelosi declared after the vote. She called it “great day for the Constitution of the United States, a sad one for America that the president’s reckless activities necessitated us having to introduce articles of impeachment.”

Trump, who began Wednesday tweeting his anger at the proceedings, pumped his fist before an evening rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, boasting of “tremendous support” in the Republican Party and saying, “By the way it doesn’t feel like I’m being impeached.”

The votes for impeachment were 230-197-1 on the first charge, 229-198-1 on the second.

Democrats led Wednesday night’s voting, framed in what many said was their duty to protect the Constitution and uphold the nation’s system of checks and balances. Republicans stood by their party’s leader, who has frequently tested the bounds of civic norms. Trump called the whole affair a “witch hunt,” a “hoax” and a “sham,” and sometimes all three.

The trial is expected to begin in January in the Senate, where a vote of two-thirds is necessary for conviction. While Democrats had the majority in the House to impeach Trump, Republicans control the Senate and few if any are expected to diverge from plans to acquit the president ahead of early state election-year primary voting.

Charges

No Republicans voted for impeachment, and Democrats had only slight defections on their side. Voting was conducted manually with ballots, to mark the moment.

On the first article, abuse of power, two Democrats, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who is considering switching parties to become a Republican, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota voted against impeaching Trump. On the second article, obstruction, those two and freshman Rep. Jared Golden of Maine voted against. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for president, voted “present” on both.

The House impeachment resolution laid out in stark terms the articles of impeachment against Trump stemming from his July phone call when he asked the Ukrainian president for a “favor” — to announce he was investigating Democrats including potential 2020 rival Joe Biden.

At the time, Zelenskiy, new to politics and government, was seeking a coveted White House visit to show backing from the U.S. as he confronted a hostile Russia at his border. He was also counting on $391 million in military aid already approved by Congress. The White House delayed the funds, but Trump eventually released the money once Congress intervened.

Narrow in scope but broad in its charges, the impeachment resolution said the president “betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections,” and then obstructing Congress’ oversight like “no president” in U.S. history.

“President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office,” it said.

Republicans argued that Democrats were impeaching Trump because they can’t beat him in 2020.

Republicans aired Trump-style grievances about what Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko called a “rigged” process.

“We face this horror because of this map,” said Rep. Clay Higgins of Alabama before a poster of red and blue states. “They call this Republican map flyover country, they call us deplorables, they fear our faith, they fear our strength, they fear our unity, they fear our vote, and they fear our president.”

The political fallout from the vote will reverberate across an already polarized country with divergent views of Trump’s July phone call when he asked Zelenskiy to investigate Democrats in the 2016 election, Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, who worked on the board of a gas company in Ukraine while his father was the vice president.

Trump has repeatedly implored Americans to read the transcript of the call he said was “perfect.” But the facts it revealed, and those in an anonymous whistleblower’s complaint that sparked the probe, are largely undisputed.

Top Republicans, including Rep. Devin Nunes on the Intelligence Committee, called the Ukraine probe little more than a poor sequel to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller spent two years investigating the potential links between Moscow and the Trump campaign but testified in July that his team could not establish that Trump conspired or coordinated with Russia to throw the election. Mueller did say he could not exonerate Trump of trying to obstruct the investigation, but he left that for Congress to decide.

The next day, Trump called Ukraine. Not quite four months later, a week before Christmas, Trump was impeached.

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The Democrats are asking for four witnesses with first hand knowledge of the conversations leading to the holding of aid. This seems reasonable no? With this would allow the GOP to call their own witnesses. Instead it appears they want to send it to an up down vote without a trial.

Someone please explain to me why they would be against getting first hand witnesses to testify. How is this justice? Doesn’t trump want to be exonerated fully? Or is he scared of what they will say?
The only thing I have to say Joe, is that the Republicans
have shown who they really are. It has been described as
a "Trump Cult" by the former Conservative Republicans.
I tend to agree. Mr. Kristal and Mr. Conway (there is a God)
PAC (R's) will try to defeat him in 2020.
Remember Merit Garland Vote that never happened.
On going Autocratic Behavior, glad the Dems are finally
getting tough.
Trump's run for re-election carrying the stain of this impeachment is actually a resume enhancer. The instability of the Democrats is being revealed even now as we wait for Nasty Nancy to send Trump’s impeachment articles to the Senate. What's her deal? Why the delay?
I'll bet she'll wait for Durham's investigation on the origins of the Russia investigation to wrap up in the spring. The left is very worried, and will simply deflect the report with the release at that time. Crafty like thieving fox. The debate proves they can't win an election, so take out your rival before the election... now where did I hear that before?
Mike,

Read and refute. This is from the mouthpiece of Billy Graham

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html

Maybe you’re right that the impeachment helps trumps reelection but that would only be because he inspires the worst in many of us. As a man and a leader there has never been a more profoundly immoral man as president. Your support of him is troubling given the faith you express.
Until the time that Jesus Christ runs for office, we'll be forced to vote for the lesser of two bads.
My ultimate loyalty is to Jesus, not any political philosophy or party. I originally backed Ben Carson, and you call him a nut... anyway, choosing not to vote could be disobedient to our Lord's command to be salt and light.
I think Billy Graham would have a problem with having Mark Galli referred to as his mouthpiece, and for certain Mark would object. Name Drop Much?
That's a stupid question. The two knew each other, in fact, the Graham family has been supportive of Trump. Billy Graham has met with Donald Trump, but what do I know? Why ask me Joe, I'm just a ham-n-egger from Walnutport who loves Jesus, and our country as it was founded, not the newly transformed America.
Again, does Billy Graham’s lifestyle align with trump’s? Was Donald exercising the “graham rule” when he was screwing strippers?
Last time I checked trump was still president. And Christianity today is grahams creation. You questioned whether the article accurately reflected his point of view.

So again, does trump exhibit any of Graham’s morals?
Anti Abortion is a shared view. Obeying Authority also. You might try obedience Joe.
Trump was elected, so live with it. Tell your friends, the Resist crowd, to handle things at the ballot box. That's the American way.
Trump believes in creation through God. Marriage as defined by God. Cautious with those of Muslim Faith. How about the life of Joe? Does you life line up with Billy Grahams?
Joe deflects again. Stick with the here and now Joe, come on!
You liberal Democrats spent three yearssearching for impeachable offenses or any other way to get rid of Trump. Now they've voted!
Get this, CNN went out to find people in PA that were swayed to distance themselves from Trump. guess what they found?
The people interviewed in Blair County, told CNN, "Trump's impeachment will not waiver their support for him." The network learned that partisan impeachment only bolsters support for the president. Look it up... Real News for the Lemmings! Ha Ha Ha
I heard the Breaking News about Billy Graham's Evangelical Revelation and now he wants this Occupant Impeached and Removed from Office. It took 3 years for him to come to that Conclusion. I am thinking Mary Magdalene and the Angels may have put a bug in his ear for being a Witness to Jesus's Crucifixion and he was getting a guilty conscious.
*Milky Way Mike, come down from Outer Space and read the letter in C.T.
I hope he listens, truly. Opposition to liberals is not justification to support immorality. I truly believe we are seeing the same dynamics in play that gave rise to Hitler in Germany.
You both are a lunatics... Billy Graham passed away in February of 2018.
I keep telling you to turn off that fake news!
Dumb and Dumber piggy bag on ignorance.
God help us!
Absolute Ditto Joe.
Oh, Joe on second thought, you have to read the comments made at the end of the C.T. Article. Profound.
Here I am, just back from the Milky Way.
I refuse to be aligned with godless, gender confused, pro-abortion, amoral and self-glorifying progressive pagans. So I'll honor the president duly elected fairly, by the people.
Thank you for your concern.
All must have concern for folks who compare Trump to Hitler. Your friend Joe has little knowledge of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. Sad to see how you snowflakes were never taught the truth behind the atrocities which led to the holocaust. Certainly, to compare Trump to Hitler minimizes the horrors.
The removal was not a fair process. The man did nothing wrong. He'll not be removed, heck, Nasty Nancy still hasn't advanced the articles. Cold Feet? The whole process was a scam. That's the way I see it, and the majority of Americans share my view. You're just a prejudiced outlier who hates people of color. In this case, orange skinned people. You no good racist. (wink)
You are so twisted by the rhetoric. More people in this country support impeachment than are against it so “outlier” isn’t accurate.

Let’s make it fair. Have a full trial in the senate. Call trump’s right hand people to testify and give their story. Get those with first hand knowledge in there to clear trump’s name. How could any reasonable person oppose this?
I didn’t compare trump to Hitler skippy. I compared evangelical’s support and defense of trump to the mind frame that allowed Hitler to rise.
Oh stop it Joe. My post clearly states, " ...were never taught the truth behind the atrocities which led to the holocaust."
Trump isn't Hitler, this isn't Germany, and you're out of balance in your hatred toward colored (orange) people.
Change is needed... those light bulbs, change those light bulbs. ?????
It'll all be fine "Joe"
Again, I compared the blind support of immorality to the dynamics that gave rise to Hitler. I never said trump was Hitler but if he started rounding up Mexicans hit concentration camps and extermination I wonder if you would oppose.

So to be clear, the comparison I’m making is to people like you and the enablers of the third reich
I hear you Joe. Keep me updated when the dung hits the fan. When the socialists gain control that is. As for Trump, just relax and turn off CNN, they'll twist you into a pretzel. I've not seen anything like what you fear Joe... nothing.
These Mexicans Joe?
"Authorities dealt a staggering blow to Long Island’s murderous MS-13 gang — busting 96 members and associates in the largest takedown of the notorious criminal group in New York state history, prosecutors announced Friday." New York Post
See? You are ready to help round them up when the time comes. Hitler did the same thing, filled peoples heads with nonsense that the acts of a few represent the millions.
The lemmings know nothing of truth, only what the media regurgitates in frequencies only heard by lemmings. Look folks, the Mush Mouth Speaker hasn't advanced the articles to the Senate. U.S. Constitution, gives the Senate "the sole Power to try all Impeachments."
Mush Mouth Nasty Nancy never delivered. Trump has not been impeached.
But you idiot lemmings never hear truth. MSNBC, CNN, and the likes are running America through the ears of you useful idiots. Do you know what eventually happens to the "Useful idiots"?
Look it up...
How about a trial in the senate with witnesses? Ever heard of a trial where there were non witnesses or that the accused could dictate how the trial is done?

Let’s put it another way. If you were a prosecutor with a case to send to the judge but the judge already announced he will not act impartially and will allow the accused to determine who gets to testify, wouldn’t you try to take steps to make sure that judge is dealt with prior to allowing a trial to begin?
Witness: a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place.

Democrats changed the definition of witness, when they brought in their own. All of their testimony was based on the accounts of others shared with them. (hearsay evidence) Bwah ha ha
Besides, McConnell said he's not ruling out calling witnesses. You folks accepted the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now you cry for fairness in the Senate. You keep saying he's guilty and the case is closed, so why call more witnesses? It's a witch hunt.
Joe,
I don't care! I don't care what Trump did or didn't do with Ukraine aid. As for damaging his opponent, Biden didn't win the primary, so he's not Trump's political opponent. Nobody cares about the impeachment hoax. It's only important to you, Nasty Nancy, Maxi, and Schumer.
Answer this question Joe, does the defense of Ukraine matter that much to the security of the United States? How is this important to you or anyone of us?

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