Update: Trump is impeached after vote in House of Representatives

WASHINGTON – The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump making him the third president in U.S. history to impeach a president.

The House voted to impeach him on abuse of power over his dealings with the Ukraine. The House also voted to impeach Trump on the second article of obstruction of Congress.

The House voted 230 – 197 to charge Trump with abuse of power and 229 – 198 to charge him with obstruction of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee – voting along their party lines – voted on Dec. 13 in favour of impeaching President Donald Trump. 

Trump responded with a tweet at about 8:50 p.m. saying “In reality, they’re not after me they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”

Tweet Trump sent in response

The charges focused on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Obstruction of justice wasn’t included in the articles of impeachment. Charges of bribery weren’t included. The Democrats had accused President Trump of bribing Ukraine to investigate Biden.

A report by the watchdog for the U.S. Justice Department was released in December and concluded when looking for Russian interference, the FBI mishandled part of its application to monitor a Trump campaign aide but the investigation was justified. The report contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim of a political plot against him.

Two other U.S. presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

The case against Trump now goes to the Senate for a trial, which is expected to start in January.

Updated Dec. 18, 6:45 p.m., and 8:54 p.m.

More to come

Alberta Press staff

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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