The House voted to impeach President Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” related to his dealings with Ukraine after six hours of heated debate Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The two articles, which charge Trump with abusing power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing Congress in their investigation of those actions, passed almost exclusively along party lines
Lawmakers voted 230 to 197 on the resolution accusing Trump of abusing his power, with all Republicans opposed and two Democrats—Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.)—crossing the aisle in dissent. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a presidential candidate, voted “present.”
The second article, alleging obstruction, passed along near-identical lines, with lawmakers voting 229-198 approving it and Gabbard voting “present.” Republicans were again unanimous in rejecting the measure, while a third Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (Maine), joined Peterson and Van Drew in opposition, according to the Hill.
Peterson voted with Republicans to prevent Democrats from blocking a floor vote on the legislation.
Van Drew and Peterson voted with Republicans against a bill that would establish the rules regarding the House floor debate on the articles of impeachment against Trump, according to Breitbart.
In a statement, Gabbard called for a censure resolution instead of impeachment, saying, “My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country.”
“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country,” Gabbard said. “When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been.”
Republicans stood by the party’s leader and argued that Democrats are impeaching Trump because they can’t beat him in 2020.
“This vote is about one thing, and one thing only: They hate this president,” said Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). “They want to take away my vote and throw it in the trash.”
GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia said of the Democrats, “You’ve been wanting to do this ever since the gentleman was elected.″
Top Republicans, including Rep. Devin Nunes on the Intelligence Committee, called the Ukraine probe little more than the low-budget sequel to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The trial is expected to begin in January in the Senate, where a vote of two-thirds is necessary for conviction. While Democrats had the majority in the House to impeach Trump, Republicans control the Senate.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press