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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night—for just the third time in the nation’s history—impeached a sitting U.S. president.
With separate votes on the two articles of impeachment set forth by the Democratic majority—one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress—the vote, while not unexpected after a marathon debate that last more than eight hours throughout the day, was nonetheless historic.
The final vote on the first article was 230 to 197, largely along partisan lines. One member did not vote. Not one Republican voted in favor, while just two Democrats joined the GOP in voting against.
The second article, focused on the obstruction of Congress charge, is now facing a vote of its own.
In response to the impeachment vote, Sean Eldridge, founder and president of the anti-Trump group Stand Up America, said, “Today, the House of Representatives performed its constitutional duty by standing up for our democracy and standing up to the criminal in the White House. By voting to impeach Donald Trump, patriots affirmed that no one—not even the president of the United States—is above the law.”
At the same time, Eldridge called out the GOP members for shirking their constitutional duty. “Today,” he said, “every single Republican in the House of Representatives became an accomplice to Trump’s subversion of our democracy. By failing to impeach Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers showed their blind loyalty to their party and to a corrupt president—and history will remember them for the cowards they are.”