In historic step, US House impeaches Donald Trump for abuse of power, obstruction.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday night became the third president in US history to be impeached.
The House of Representatives voted in favor of the first article calling to impeach Trump for abuse of power.
230 lawmakers voted in favor and 197 voted against. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted present.
The House then approved the second article which charges Trump with obstruction of Congress by a 229-198 vote.
The Senate trial on whether to remove the president will begin in early January, where the impeachment is likely to be rejected by the Republican majority.
Two Democrats, Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted with Republicans against both articles of impeachment, while another voted yes on abuse of power and no on obstruction of Congress.
Van Drew has already said he will switch parties and join the Republican Party.
The White House responded to the impeachment and said, “The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings. He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated. President Trump will continue to work tirelessly to address the needs and priorities of the American people, as he has since the day he took office.”
Before Trump, only two other US presidents have been impeached – Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
On Tuesday, Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to halt the impeachment proceedings and accusing Democrats of an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power.”
Pelosi then sent a “Dear Colleague” to fellow Democrats in which she urged them to “join me on the Floor” as the chamber votes on the articles against Trump.
“In America, no one is above the law,” she wrote.