The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to officially impeach President Donald Trump.
The two articles of impeachment the House voted on include charges of abuse of power as well as obstruction of Congress, both related to the Ukraine scandal involving the president requesting a “favor” from that nation to announce an investigation into a potential 2020 election rival of Trump’s.
Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by Congress. The charges laid out against him now head to the Senate, where a trial must commence on whether he should be removed from office or not.
It’s unlikely that Trump will be removed, or “indicted,” based on the charges sent over from the House. Removal requires two-thirds of the Senate to affirm the impeachment — a tally that would require every Democrat and independent Senator to vote to impeach, as well as at minimum 20 Republicans to join them.
BREAKING: Majority in U.S. House has voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power. Follow AP for updates as voting continues. https://t.co/jQb4RZwLEr
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 19, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Trump will not be removed from office, admitting in a recent interview that he was working with the White House to ensure that outcome. “We know how it’s going to end. There’s no chance the president’s going to be removed from office,” he said, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
Many have called on McConnell to recuse himself from the process based on his comments.
Trump has spent the better part of his day tweeting about the impeachment vote.
“SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS,” Trump wrote earlier in the day, in all capital letters, according to the Associated Press. “THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.”