With the vote still ongoing, the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump on the first article for abuse of power. This followed weeks of testimony related to his dealings with Ukraine and hours of fiery debate over the process.
Should the articles pass, as expected, in the Democratic-controlled House, it would make Trump only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. The hearing is expected to begin at 9 a.m.
Here’s a quick breakdown majority in the Democratic-led House has voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power
- The president is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his dealings with Ukraine
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was “tragic” his “reckless actions” made this necessary. “He gave us no choice.”
- “This is a political hit job,” said Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from Pennsylvania
- If Trump is impeached, a Senate trial would then begin in January
- But with Republicans in control, the president will probably be acquitted – as were predecessors Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson.
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