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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Donald Trump becomes third US president in history to be impeached

The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a historic and expected rebuke related to his conduct toward Ukraine.
The House approved one article, for abuse of power, in a vote of 230-197, with one Democrat, presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, voting “present.” The House also approved a second article of impeachment, for obstruction of Congress, in a vote of 229-198, with Gabbard also voting present.
Only two other presidents have been impeached in U.S. history: Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the full House could vote on articles of impeachment.
At a campaign rally in Battle Creek, MI, Trump reacted to his impeachment. “Every single Republican voted for us,” Trump told the crowd. “So we had 198, 229, 198. We didn’t lose one Republican vote.” He then attacked a litany of Democrats.

A lingering question is whether the House will send the articles to the Senate, where Trump would face a trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that “their intention” is to send impeachment to the upper chamber, but “we’ll see what happens over where.” Some Democrats have dangled the idea of withholding the articles until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to a fair trial.

As the House proceedings spilled into primetime on the East Coast, ABC initially stuck with its primetime programming, Live in Front of a Studio Audience (read the review here), and CBS aired Survivor, while NBC covered the tally. The networks all broke into their programming with news of the vote.
The outcome was not a surprise. An AP tally this week showed that Democrats had enough votes to pass the articles.
But as history was made on the floor of the House, there were some interesting moments.
As Pelosi announced the tally to the chamber and that “Article One is adopted,” there was a smattering of applause coming from the Democratic side. She glared in that direction, as she had urged members to consider it a solemn occasion, and the clapping stopped.

Then, as the House began to vote on the second article, some Republican members chanted “four more years.” During the vote, some Democrats gave each other hugs. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party in July to become an independent, voted for both articles of impeachment but remained in his seat during the tally, largely alone and reading his iPhone.

After the vote, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), one of two Democrats to vote against impeachment, was surrounded by reporters as he told them that he will announce in the next few days whether he plans to leave the party and register as a Republican. “You will know very soon,” he said.

In the impeachment article of abuse of power, Trump is charged with pressuring the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate POTUS’ political rival, Joe Biden, along with his son, Hunter. Trump also is charged with obstructing Congress by urging witnesses not to testify or honor subpoenas as Democrats conducted their investigation.

During six hours of debate throughout the day on Wednesday, Republicans repeatedly called the impeachment effort a sham and claimed that Democrats have been looking for such an outcome ever since Trump took office in January 2017.

As the debate extended into the early evening, members began to get a bit more raucous. When Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said that Democrats “don’t just hate Donald Trump,” but “they hate the 63 million Americans who voted for this president,” Democrats began to jeer. Republicans clapped as Scalise finished.

Polls show the public generally remains split on the question of impeachment — an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Wednesday put it at 48% to 48% — and the nature of the daylong debate reflected the polarization on Capitol Hill. Since the impeachment inquiry was announced in September, views seemed to have only hardened.

“If you head a new argument, if you’ve heard a new fact, you’ve had a more interesting experience than I have had,” Fox News’ Chris Wallace said midday. “There are a lot of impassioned speeches being made, but we’ve heard it all before. The Democrats, nobody is above the law. The Republicans, you’ve wanted to impeach this man since he took the oath of office in 2017.”

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