The House of Representatives voted for the third time in U.S. history to impeach a president. The votes fell almost completely along party lines for the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote is the culmination of a three month-long investigation led by the Democrats into allegations that President Donald Trump pressured the Ukrainian government into investigating political rivals while withholding financial aid. New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew, who announced he will switch to the Republican party, voted against the articles of impeachment.
Next the process moves to the Republican controlled Senate.
“We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take: The impeachment of the President of the United States,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. “If we do not act now we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the President’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.”