President Donald Trump has been impeached. Here’s the rundown of what happened Wednesday.
The intense reign of President Donald Trump is officially over and it’s definitely not because of the end of his fourth presidential year. While the loose ends of his fourth year have yet to wrap up, The House Of Representatives made a judicious decision to impeach the 45th U.S president.
Donald Trump has become the third president in U.S history to be impeached after the House of Representatives voted Wednesday on two charges against him — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House passes Article I – Abuse of Power with Democrats taking the lead with 230-197 votes while The House also approved Article II – Obstruction of Congress 229-198.
The abuse of power alleges that Donald Trump initially pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by withholding millions of dollars in military aid unless they officially announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. The Obstruction of Congress is tied to Trump directing executive branch agencies to not comply with congressional subpoenas. Several administration officials refused to testify during impeachment proceedings.
We have two Democratic parties who voted against impeaching Trump, Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey. Jared Golden, a Democrat from Maine, split his vote, voting for the article on abuse of power and against the article on obstruction of Congress. Republicans refused to vote in favor of the impeachment. However, Justin Amash — an independent who left the Republican Party earlier this year after saying Trump had committed impeachable conduct”, voted with Democrats!
Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat who is currently running for president, was able to vote “present” on both articles.
An enraged Trump took to his Twitter to voice his disapproval of the impeachment, stating that the impeachment was an “ASSAULT ON AMERICA” in an all-caps tweet earlier Wednesday. Donald Trump spends the majority of his day retweeting tweets of supports on his timeline before speaking for the first time in a Michigan rally after the House had voted on articles of his impeachment.
It didn’t take Twitter no time to happily celebrate the end of a presidential era of the impeachment. Twitter users shared memes, gifs, excitedly parading around the social media platform as the results of Donald Trump continued to go viral. You could view the tweets by clicking the hashtag “#impeached45” on Twitter!
Trump still has to go through one more trial through the Senate. If 67% of the Senate vote for conviction, then Trump will officially be removed from office.
Before signing off for the night, Trump left one last message for his viewers on his Twitter.