Politics

President Donald Trump Has Been Impeached

For only the third time in the 243-year history of the United States, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach the president.

For only the third time in the 243-year history of the United States, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach the president.

Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night became the third president to be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors while in office, and he is the first president to be impeached in his first term. 

Two articles of impeachment were voted on: the first charges Trump with criminal abuses of power, including bribing a foreign power, Ukraine, to interfere in the 2020 elections. The second article charges Trump with obstructing Congress' impeachment investigation by ordering his top aides not to testify and denying 71 document requests despite lawful subpoenas.

The decision on whether to acquit Trump or indict him and remove him from office now moves to the Senate, which will likely hold a trial in January. The power to impeach, though, lies solely with the House, per the U.S. Constitution. 

Before Wednesday night's vote, the House held 11 whopping hours of heated debate. During those hours, tensions ran high between the GOP and Democrat sides with members occasionally yelling at each other.

Watch the House vote and debate from earlier below:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in her opening remarks, whom she calls the Democrats’ “North Star”: “When we are dancing with the angels, the question will be, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?” she said.

Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) at one point compared Trump to Jesus, saying Trump has been treated worse than Jesus.

NowThis Senior Correspondent Versha Sharma has been in Washington, D.C., covering the vote live. Follow her updates here:

On the eve of the historic vote, Trump sent a fairly unhinged 6-page screed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that gives insight into his current state of mind — he is lashing out hard. In the letter, he says the Salem Witch Trials had “more due process” than his impeachment inquiry; he says Dems are “violating their oaths of office”; and brings up Hillary Clinton.
 
Mass protests in support of impeachment took place across the country Tuesday and rolled into Wednesday. According to the groups who organized the “Nobody Is Above the Law” protests nationwide, there were more than 600 rallies happening in various states. Watch some of the rallies from earlier below:

Also on Tuesday, Rick Gates, a former Trump 2016 campaign aide and business partner to Paul Manafort, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators.

The president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave interviews to multiple news outlets, revealing more details about what Trump knew and when. He also claims the president is supportive of his ongoing efforts to find dirt on the Bidens.