By Jack Anderson
on 2019-12-19 02:29:03 ET
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted and passed two articles, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power (230-197) as well as obstruction of Congress (229-198). Most Reps. voted along party lines, except two Democrats who voted against those articles and one Republican who voted in favor of both articles (Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan).
Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the House floor by stating "we gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take: The impeachment of the President of the United States."
The primary reason Trump was impeached was because of his conduct with Ukraine, pressuring officials to conduct an investigation on former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
Donald Trump becomes only the third US President to be formally impeached by the House for "high crimes and misdemeanors", as marked in the Constitution. The two previous Presidents to be impeached by the House were President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and President Bill Clinton in 1998. President Richard Nixon could have been a fourth member on that short-list, but resigned in 1974 before impeachment proceedings against him could reach the House floor.
Both previous Presidents were acquitted by the Senate, and there is almost zero chance that the Senate, currently Republican-controlled, will remove Trump from office. Therefore, the financial repercussion of this news might be insignificant.
Finally, Trump himself responded to the vote with a Tweet that says it all:
on 2019-12-19 07:49:07 ET
I did not know there were only two presidents that were impeached, well... three now. But why going through all the trouble of impeaching him in the house if it's sure the senate will not? Seems like lots of efforts for virtually nothing... Oh well.