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Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress - The New York Times

<b>Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress - The New York Times</b>Voting nearly along party lines, the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him the third president in history to face removal by the Senate.
Jared Golden, Collin Peterson, Jeff Van Drew, Tulsi Gabbard are Republicans hiding in the Democratic party. On the first article, for the charge of abuse of power, the vote was split almost entirely along party lines, 230 to 197. Two Democrats sided with Republicans: Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew, who has indicated that he plans to switch parties and join the Republicans. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party to become independent, voted for the article, and Tulsi Gabbard, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted "present." On the second article, concerning obstruction of Congress, the vote was 229 to 198. Members voted the same way as in the first vote, except Jared Golden, Democrat of Maine, who voted "no." Trump is now only the third American president ever to be impeached by the House of Representatives. In terms of the three-year struggle between this unconventional president and the Democrats, who view him as nothing short of a threat to democracy, this will certainly go down as one of the most consequential inflection points. Early in the new year, the Senate will convene and start sitting basically as a jury in a trial of the president. We don't know how long that trial will last. We don't know how expansive it will be. The outcome seems most likely to be the president's acquittal and continuation in office -- not a conviction and removal from office.


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