Donald Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, voted  to impeach President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote followed weeks of testimony related to his dealings with Ukraine and hours of fiery debate over the process.

Dozens of House members uttered tens of thousands of words during Wednesday's marathon and historic impeachment debate.

President Trump sent a rambling six-page letter Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling Congress' impeachment inquiry a partisan “crusade,” an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power” and a “spiteful” “election-nullification scheme.” 

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The House Judiciary Committee released its full 658-page report just after midnight Sunday, in which the majority calls Trump the "Framers' worst nightmare."
The House has adjourned until 9 a.m. on Thursday when they will debate and then vote on the "managers," who act as prosecutors in the Senate trial.

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for president, also voted 'present' on impeachment. She voted  — rather than for or against — both articles of impeachment. She is the only member to have voted present.

"After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no," she said after casting her vote.

"I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing," she added.

"I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country."

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the second article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, by a vote of 229-198, accusing him of obstructing Congress, following an hour long debate and the adoption of the first article on abuse of power. 

The article accuses Trump of directing "the unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas” issued by the House. It also accuses Trump of directing the White House and other agencies to defy subpoenas and withholding documents and not allowing key administration officials to testify.

“In the history of the Republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate ‘high crimes and misdemeanors'," the article reads.

Meanwhile, Trump at the rally during House vote had stated: 'It doesn't feel like we're being impeached'

Trump is only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. 

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