In a historic move to prevent Donald Trump’s continuing assault on American democracy, House Democrats on Wednesday voted to officially impeach the fraudulent president, making him just the third president in U.S. history to face that constitutional rebuke by the House of Representatives.
“The president is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections — the basis of our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said as she opened debate on the House floor on impeachment earlier in the day.
The House passed two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress— in a mostly party-line vote that broke along the deeply polarized fissure dividing both Congress and America.
Trump stands accused of using the power of his office to try to boost his reelection chances and of obstructing Congress’s constitutionally authorized powers of investigation to cover up his actions.
On a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, Trump requested investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, his most likely 2020 opponent, in exchange for military aid. He also requested support for a conspiracy theory that claims Ukraine targeted Trump in the 2016 election and Russia didn’t seek to boost him.
To get what he wanted, Democrats argue, Trump effectively sold Ukraine out to Russia, and history will judge Republicans for defending his actions.