The votes are in: Donald Trump has become the third president in United States history to be impeached on 19 December 2019 after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
The impeachment vote capped off a three-month investigation into the president’s actions in regard to the Ukraine. There was an intense six-hour long partisan debate over impeachment on the House floor in rapid-fire fashion, resulting in:
- 1. 230 to 197 vote on the first article of impeachment – abuse of power.
- 2. 229 to 198 vote on the second article – obstruction of Congress.
Essentially, as per CBS News, the House accused Trump of “betraying the country for his own political benefit and recommending the Senate remove him from office.”
The historic decision has spurred several reactions as well as comments, ranging from excitement, dissatisfaction to it being the “best Christmas present”:
So what’s going to happen next?
As of now, Trump is still the president. The 73-year-old businessman-turned-politician will now face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate next month, in January 2020, where a two-thirds vote is necessary for conviction.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shared via Twtter that he will announce by the end of the week the date for the start of the Senate trial, according to sources. The Senate will decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.