House Votes to Impeach Trump on Article 1: Abuse of Power & Article 2: Obstruction of Congress
What would be your mood during today's debate?
by Countable's Trump Impeachment Coverage | 12.18.19
UPDATE - 8:40pm
- APPROVED: Article 1 — Abuse of Power (229 Democrats and 1 Independent voting YEA; 197 Republicans and 2 Democrats voting NAY; 1 Democrat voting PRESENT)
- APPROVED: Article 2 — Obstruction of Congress
- Members of the House of Representatives have begun a six-hour debate on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
- "We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take: The impeachment of the President of the United States," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday, kicking off debate on the House floor.
"If we do not act now we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the president's reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice."
- House Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) accused Democrats of running a "sham investigation" in his opening statement.
"Democrats ran a sham investigation. This isn’t about facts. It’s about the clock and the calendar. It’s also about the Democrats' trying to undo an election. Speaker Pelosi said the House would not impeach unless it was 'compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.' Well, it’s not bipartisan. It’s not compelling. It’s not overwhelming."
- The president is also weighing in:
Key quotes from the pre-vote debate:
8:10pm ET: The House is voting on whether to impeach President Donald Trump
Here's the vote order:
- First vote: Article 1 — Abuse of Power
- Second vote: Article 2 — Obstruction of Congress
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD): "Democrats did not choose this impeachment."
"We voted against it. We voted against it once. We voted against it twice, we voted against it three times as recently as July. We did not want this. However, President Trump's misconduct has forced our constitutional republic to protect itself."
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a staunch defender of Trump, accused Democrats of "attacking the president before the election."
"When you drain the swamp the swamp fights back."
Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID): "--------"
"In a day of heavy and verbal debate I choose to use my time to repeat in detail, every high crime misdemeanor committed by the President of the United States, I will do so now," Fulcher said, then went silent.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL):
"This is not about the Ukraine. It is about power — Donald Trump has it and House Democrats want it. And so with no crime, no victim, no evidence, no proof, no agenda for America, this impeachment charade marches on, following no rules and adhering to no sense of honor. The American people aren't fooled by dirty tricks."
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA):
"Our nation is founded on the principle that we do not have kings. We have presidents. And the Constitution is our compass. When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. Our children and their children will ask us, 'What did you do? What did you say?' For some, this vote may be hard. We have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history."
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) defended the impeachment timeline:
"This is not about the clock and the calendar. It is about corruption and the Constitution — it is about a President who abused his power to coerce and ally to intervene in our election and poses a continuing threat. Based and three pillars. When those pillars fall, the entire defense of the President falls," Nadler said.
Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) said his constituents are "mad as hell."
"My constituents are calling every day mad as hell, saying we should be ashamed this historic chamber has fallen so low to allow something like this to happen."
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) delivered remarks beside a photo of a child crying at the border:
"If this president is allowed to thwart of efforts of Congress with a legitimate impeachment inquiry the President will not only be above the law, he will be beyond justice. We can not allow any person to be beyond justice in this country. In the name of democracy, on behalf of the republic, and for the sake of the many who are suffering, I will vote to impeach."
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) compared today's vote to the attack on Pearl Harbor:
“On December 7, 1941, a horrific act happened in the United States, and it's one that President Roosevelt said, 'This is a date that will live in infamy.' Today, December 18th, 2019, is another date that will live in infamy."
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu on why today's vote is important:
"Our children are watching, no president ever wants to be impeached. Whether Donald Trump leaves in one month, one year or five years, this impeachment is permanent, it will follow him around for the rest of his life and the history books and people will know why we impeached."
Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) argued Jesus was given more due process before his crucifixion than Trump:
“Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process."
This is an ongoing story and will be updated.
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