The House has voted to impeach President Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” after Democrats pursued the president for impeachment vigorously after his July 25 phone conversation with the Ukrainian president.
A “witch hunt” and a “fraud” as so often the president referred to their inquiry. The vote has made the president the third president to be impeached, and this is the first time there has been an impeachment along party lines.
Democrats have been focused on impeachment since the day he took office, owing to the hatred they have for him.
The vote total on the abuse-of-power count was 230-197, and the obstruction vote total was 229-198.
There were no Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment, and three Democrats voted against impeachment.
According to Fox News, “Democratic Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota opposed the abuse-of-power count, and also opposed the obstruction charge. Peterson represents a district that Trump carried in 2016 by an eye-popping 31 points.”
First-term Maine Democratic Rep. Jared Golden voted yea on the abuse of power count, but no on the obstruction of Congress count.
Earlier in the year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had claimed impeachment would need to be a bi-partisan event. Just the opposite has happened.
By contrast, the president was far away from the action, preferring to host a Christmas rally in Battle Creek, Michigan where the weather is freezing, but the reception the faithful honored him with was anything but frigid. Thousands of supporters had waited in line overnight, many sleeping in tents, to be sure to get a seat for the rally.
The impeachment vote came in as the president was addressing the crowd, but he wasn’t fazed with the result. Just the opposite, in fact, as he acknowledged how united the Republicans were, with not one voting to impeach him, and three Democrats also joining in against impeachment.
“By the way, it doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached,” Trump said at the rally. “The country is doing better than ever before. We did nothing wrong.”
President Trump continued, saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and House Democrats had “branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame,” and were committing a “political suicide march,” reports Fox News.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m having a great time,” Trump said. “I’m not worried.”
In a statement, Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who was absent, called for a censure resolution instead of impeachment. She declined to vote, and instead voted “present.”
“My vote today is a vote for much-needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country.”
“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” Gabbard said. “When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been.”
Closing remarks by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), brought cheers from his colleagues, “After three years of breathless and baseless outrage, this is their last attempt to stop the Trump presidency,” McCarthy said. “Speaker Pelosi even recently admitted that Democrats had been working on this impeachment for ‘two and a half’ years. Those were her words, not mine.”