The United States House of Representatives voted largely to impeach President Donald Trump for the obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. It is expected that further trial set up in Republican-led Senate likely in January 2020.
Trump is only the third president in US history to be impeached by the full House and to be charged with committing high crimes and misdemeanors and face removal by the Senate.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted United States President Donald Trump for the misconduct of power and obstruction of Congress fell almost exactly along party lines. Two Democrats voted with Republicans while one of them is expected to leave the Democratic Party. The other opposed impeachment but will remain in the party. A third Democrat voted for impeachment.
However, Republicans have not supported impeachment, but an independent republican who left the Republican party this past summer over his outspoken opposition to Trump. However, two Republicans have missed the voting due to their personal reasons.
The House voted on 19 Dec 2019, to approve two articles of impeachment against the President’s obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The article I, abuse of power is passed 230 to 197, with speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling the vote to a close from the House rostrum. While article II, the second charge, obstruction of Congress vote was 229 to 198.
This inquiry has begun in August 2019, when an anonymous intelligence agency issued a whistleblower report calling into question on Trump’s handling of Ukraine affairs. Democrats said that facts and evidence established in the report without a doubt that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival. Ukraine president insisted that his phone calls with Trump were normal and nothing unique happened.
As Democrats have a majority in the house however, the senate has 53 Republicans,45 democrats, and three dependents usually vote the democrats. Conviction of the president would require 67 votes, which can not happen unless some republicans vote against President Trump.
This impeachment issue could play an important role in the 2020 elections.