The House shifted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late on Wednesday, Jan. 15, after the chamber voted to send the articles in a largely party-line vote.
The vote tally was 228-193, with 227 Democrats supporting the resolution and 192 Republicans opposing it, The Hill reported.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) is the only Democrat who bucked the party line and voted against the resolution. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who switched from Republican to Independent last year, voted in favor of the resolution.
In addition to transmitting the articles, the resolution also provides funding for the impeachment process and approved seven Democratic lawmakers named earlier on Wednesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve as as impeachment managers.
“This evening, the House’s managers delivered articles of impeachment against President Trump to the U.S. Senate ahead of its upcoming trial,” Pelosi said in a tweet.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2020
The Democratic-led House passed the articles of impeachment on Dec. 18, also in a party-line vote, charging President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Pelosi opted to withhold the articles in an effort to seek more favorable terms in the Senate proceedings.
The House speaker put up the articles for a vote after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution, which would allow the Senate to vote to dismiss Democrats’ impeachment articles if Pelosi had not submitted them within the next 25 days.
After Pelosi’s announcement on sending impeachment articles on Tuesday, McConnell said the Senate “would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Trump “expects to be fully exonerated,” arguing that the president has done nothing wrong.
In a tweet late on Wednesday, Grisham shared a tweet from CNN reporter Lauren Fox, which shows more than a dozen commemorative pens that have been prepared for Pelosi to sign the articles of impeachment and the resolution appointing the House managers.
“Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment. … She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes,” Grisham wrote.
Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment…She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes. https://t.co/RMOiNeoMu0
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 15, 2020