House votes to impeach President Trump

Updated: Dec. 18, 2019 at 9:12 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - History was made Wednesday night. The House of Representatives has voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The vote was 230 to 197 in favor of impeachment. Two Democrats voted no, no Republicans voted yes.

This after more than six hours of debate on the House floor. Each Congressmember had just a minute or two to argue whether the Articles of Impeachment should pass.

President Trump was charged with two counts, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, after months testimony about Trump asking Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and withholding military aid.

Democrats argued that the evidence was clear. Republicans accused Democrats of trying to remove Trump since he took office.

During her floor speech, Representative Abigail Spanberger (D - District 7) said, “Today, especially today, I affirm my commitment to upholding and protecting the constitution the rule of law and lives of people it governs.”

While Congressman Denver Riggleman (R - District 5) said to the chamber, “The nature of the entire process of this proceeding reeks of careerist bureaucrats and politicians that put politics over people. I was not elected to take political votes that attempt to overturn the will of the American people.”

President Trump attended a rally in Michigan tonight. He tweeted earlier:

The Republican-led Senate is expected to hold a speedy trial in early January, but is not expected to remove Trump from office.

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