Donald Trump has been impeached, December 19, 2019 after the House of Representatives passed the first charge against the President, abusing power in office, on Wednesday evening on a 230 – 197 vote. The second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, was passed shortly afterward.
Donald Trump would be the third President of the United States to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office.
The House called for votes on the two charges: first, abuse of power, stemming from Mr Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into his Democratic political rival, Joe Biden; and second, obstruction of Congress, because the president allegedly refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry, withholding documentary evidence and barring his key aides from giving evidence.
The vote for the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, was passed 230-197 and the second, for obstruction of Congress, 229-198.