The House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him only the third president in U.S. history to face such censure.
No Republicans voted against Trump. Only two Democrats, Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., voted against the article on abuse of power. A third Democrat, Jared Golden, D-Maine, joined them in voting against obstruction of Congress.
Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat running for president, was the sole lawmaker to vote “present” on both articles.
The votes set the stage for a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate on whether to remove the president from office which had been expected to begin early in the new year. But, Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a bit of uncertainty on timing Wednesday. She said the House will delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until rules are established for the trial.
Meanwhile, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the President took to the stage for a boisterous political rally. He accused the Democrats of declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter,” characterizing their support for his impeachment as an “eternal mark of shame.”