To charge President Trump with abuse of power the House voted 230-197. To charge him with the obstruction of Congress it voted 229-198. Two Democrats voted against both articles, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who is expected to soon switch parties. A third, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, voted for one impeachment article. Republican-turned-independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted to impeach Trump on both counts. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted present for both articles.
Six-hour debate. Democrats and Republicans traded passionate arguments for why they were voting for or against impeachment for few minutes. They went back and forth explaining the duty to impeach. Republicans declaring that impeachment was a big mistake. While this was on, Trump held the longest rally speech of his presidency. He Spent nearly two-hour campaign rally in Michigan tonight on stage, where He acknowledged the vote to impeach him. It shows that he learned of the vote counts from an aide.
What is next? The vote shifts the impeachment proceedings to the Senate, where a trial is expected in January. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators at a policy lunch Tuesday that he will announce by the end of the week the date for the start of the Senate trial, according to sources. The Senate will decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.