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Joseph Grant

President Donald J. Trump was impeached by the Democratic-held House on Wednesday evening by a 2300 yea vote on Abuse of power compared to 197 votes nay. Regarding the charge of obstruction on Congress the votes were 229 yea to 198 nay with one person Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard a Democratic candidate for president voting “present” on both charges. The Articles of Impeachment were debated in the House with Republicans quickly coming to the President’s defense. No republicans supported impeachment. Two Democrats voted with Republicans and one Democrat Representative Jared Golden of Maine voting to impeach for abuse of power but not for obstructing Congress.
Speaker of the House insisted that Congress “must defend democracy” buy evicting him from the White House. Pelosi invoked the Pledge of Allegiance as well as the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States while stating that the Founder’s vision for the republic was threatened by the continuing actions of Trump as President.
“Today we are here to defend democracy for the people,’’ Pelosi said to applause from Democrats in the House chamber. “I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States.” Pelosi said.
Republicans, on the other hand, were concerned that the impeachment was just a partisan circus; a payback of sorts for Trump winning the 2016 election.
Representative Doug Collins (R-Georgia) mocked the Speaker’s words: “This is not a solemn occasion,” he mocked. “You’ve been wanting to do this ever since the gentlemen was elected.’’
For his part, President Trump and his retinue busied themselves with the duties of the presidential office as well as attending parties and functions this week. Wednesday morning as no different, with the President convening his usual morning meeting with top aides and members from the White House counsel’s office.
Trump said in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wouldn’t be watching the impeachment vote in the House, although senior White House officials planned to keep the President briefed on the day’s proceedings.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement: “The President will be working all day. He will be briefed by staff throughout that day, and could catch some of the proceedings between meetings,” Grisham said in a statement.
When asked, Trump responded to a group of assembled reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he bore “zero responsibility” regarding the impeachment.
“No, I don’t take any. Zero, to put it mildly,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with the president of Guatemala.
“They took a perfect phone call that I had with the president of Ukraine, an absolutely perfect call — you know it, they all know it — nothing was said wrong on that call,” he continued. “To impeach the president of the United States over that is a disgrace and it’s a mark on our country.”
The two articles of impeachment against Trump are charges of an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Both were expected to pass easily in the House although there may be a few democrats who may vote against.
Trump, outraged by the Democrats, tweeted his case from the Oval Office 42 times before 11 a.m. most notably the following tweet all in large caps.
The impeachment inquiry was launched in September on account of a July phone call to the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky The transcript of what Trump, a president who is reticent to admit making any mistakes, has stated as being “a perfect phone call”, sent his staff scrambling to do damage control with some of the White House lawyers even placing the call onto a secure server.
According to Democrats, during the call the President attempted to coerce the new President of the Ukraine to announce an investigation into Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The younger Biden once worked on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
Democrats alleged that Trump dangled millions of dollars in military aid as an incentive, withholding the aid to compel the Ukraine into announcing an investigation. Democrats further alleged that Trump also used a visit to Zelensky’s inauguration in May of this year and a potential meeting at the White House as leverage.
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