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President Donald Trump impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives


WASHINGTON, DC (WBNG) - After a day-long debate, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump.

President Trump is only the third president in history to be impeached by the House and the first time the House has taken a vote to impeach a president in 21 years.

A majority in the House voted to impeach the President on the charge of abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation of his political rival, Joe Biden, ahead of the 2020 election.

Soon after, a majority in the House voted for the second impeachment charge against the President, obstruction of Congress.

Democrats control the House, and the voting was mostly along party lines.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the debate before the full House voted on the impeachment of President Trump saying, "He gave us no choice."

"His actions warrant his impeachment and demand his removal from office," Rep. Jerry Nadler, New York's democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The House considered two articles during its day-long debate including abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

"He tried to cheat, he got caught, he confessed, and then he obstructed the investigation into his misconduct," said Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island.

Republicans closed ranks to defend the President and criticize democrats.

"95 of the democrats on this floor today voted to impeach Donald Trump before the July 25th phone call ever happened between President Trump and President Zelensky!" said Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, told lawmakers that party loyalty must have its limits.

Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican from Ohio told lawmakers, "this will set a dangerous precedent where impeachment becomes the norm rather than the exception. That's not what our founding fathers intended. They wanted impeachment to be rare, they set a high bar for impeachment, treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. Alleged abuse of power, the first article is not a high crime and misdemeanor in fact it's not even a crime."

Earlier in the day, President Trump fired off an agry tweet in all capital letters calling the impeachment an "assault on America and an assault on the Republican Party!"

President Trump's adviser, Kellyanne Conway said, "His mood is fine. The President's doing great He's had some of the most successful weeks of his presidency these last few weeks."

White House aides say President Trump is upset about what impeachment means for his legacy.

Meantime, President Trump arrived at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan, Wednesday night.

The President is going to deliver remarks at a 'Merry Christmas Rally' at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

The President delivered his speech as the House voted on his impeachment.

The House is now voting on the second charge, obstruction of Congress.

Impeachment would send the charges to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial in January.

Trump, who says he's done nothing wrong, would almost certainly be acquitted there.

The White House says it is ready to go "however, whenever" the articles of impeachment reach the Senate.

Paul Mueller

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