President Donald Trump will almost certainly be the third ever US President to be impeached, according to the latest political maneuvering by the House Democrats.
Before him, both Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson faced the wrath of the House’s ultimate scorn, with Richard Nixon escaping such a fate through resignation alone. No President has ever been removed from office via the legislative branch, however.
Democrats would like to do just that to Trump, who they have threatened to impeach several times over the course of his first term alone.
Today, they moved one step closer.
Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It’s the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.
The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment next week, before lawmakers depart for the holidays.
The partisan split in the committee vote — 23 Democrats to 17 Republicans — reflects the atmosphere in Congress. The Democratic-majority House is expected to approve the charges against Trump next week, but the Republican-controlled Senate is likely to acquit him after a January trial.
Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to probe his actions.
The left repeated their cries of sobriety and sadness as well.
“Today is a solemn and sad day,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters after the session, marking the third time in U.S. history the panel has voted to recommend impeaching a president. He said the full House would act ″expeditiously.”′
The next step is a trial in the Senate, one that Mitch McConnell has said shows no sign of removing Trump from office.