…..For only the third time ever, the US House of Representatives recommends a president’s removal from office.
The U.S House voted to impeach President Donald Trump, branding him as only the third president in U.S. history to face such a punishment from Congress.
The House approved the first article of impeachment, charging the president with abuse of power, by a vote of 230 to 197. Of the 233 Democrats, 228 voted in favor, along with the House’s one Independent. Two Democrats opposed the measure. No Republicans voted in favor.
Trump faced charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after a fast-paced inquiry into allegations he pressured Ukraine into investigating his political rivals.
Impeachment now heads to the Senate for a trial likely in early January to determine whether Trump will be removed from office or acquitted.
A U.S. president has never been removed from office via impeachment. Both Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, but were later acquitted in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached and face trial over the Watergate scandal.
Investigators say President Trump withheld some $400 million in military aid from Ukraine while he pushed Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig into former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s family as well as probe a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.