President Trump impeached in historic vote by sharply divided House for Washington post trump

President Trump impeached in historic vote by sharply divided House for Washington post trump , The House approved the first article of impeachment, on abuse of power, by a vote of 230 to 197 at 8:34 p.m. after a daylong debate.

Two Democrats opposed the measure. No Republicans voted in favor. Eighteen minutes later, the second article, charging obstruction of Congress, passed by a vote of 229 to 198 with three .

Democrats voting no, and again no Republicans in favor. One Democrat voted “present” on each article.Trump came to the stage for a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., just as the vote was being called and told the crowd, “It doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached. The country is doing better than ever before. We did nothing wrong.

And we have tremendous support in the Republican Party.”  Trump called his impeachment “illegal, unconstitutional and partisan.” Democrats, he said, “are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter.”

Democrats “have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame,” he said. Eight hours earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out the Democratic case:

“The president violated the Constitution. It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections: the basis of our democracy.”

The proceedings on Capitol Hill were historic, but lacked suspense and drama for much of the day. The outcome unfolded just as most had expected since the day Pelosi announced the opening of an official impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24.

The chamber was mostly empty for most of the day’s six hours of scheduled debate — which ran to more than eight hours — making what should be the most high-profile moment of the impeachment process the least substantive.

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