House Dems Vote To Impeach President Trump, GOP Lawmakers Respond: “Donald Trump Is Still Your President”

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After hours of heated debate on the House floor, the Democrat-majority Congress voted to impeach President Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” Tuesday evening in relation to the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

The separate votes on the two counts teed up an all-but-certain Senate acquittal, should House Democrats forward the charges to the GOP-controlled chamber. They also fulfilled a promise made by some Democrats ever since Trump’s inauguration to impeach him, even as polls have shown support for impeachment declining, per Fox News.

No Republicans voted to impeach the president on either count, even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had vowed earlier this year that impeachment would need to be a bipartisan effort to have legitimacy.

Democratic Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota opposed the abuse-of-power count, and also opposed the obstruction charge. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) voted present. The vote total on the abuse-of-power count was 230-197. The obstruction vote total was 229-198.

First-term Maine Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, who flipped a GOP seat in 2018, voted yea on abuse of power count but voted no on the obstruction-of-Congress count.

As the House was voting, President Trump was holding a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan where thousands lined up hours in advance. “By the way, it doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached,” the president expressed at the rally. “The country is doing better than ever before. We did nothing wrong.” (Continued Below)

“Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!” the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

On the eve of impeachment, President Trump sent House Speaker Pelosi a letter calling impeachment “an illegal, partisan attempted coup.”

“History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade,” Trump wrote in part to Pelosi. (Continued Below)

Republican lawmakers responded after Democrats voted to impeach President Trump:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he will talk about impeachment at 9:30 am Thursday:

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted: “Donald Trump is still your President.” [Emphasis added].

Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) tweeted that he voted, “Hell no”.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pointed out, “Let’s not let them forget what they’ve done”.

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House GOP whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) noted: “The only BIPARTISAN vote today was AGAINST- not for- impeachment”.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, “President Trump is more likely to be re-elected and the House is in play for 2020!”

House Judiciary ranking member, Doug Collins (R-GA) tweeted a statement:

Freedom Caucus Chairman, Andy Biggs (R-AZ)’s also released a statement:

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said we won’t forget:

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Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said the Democrats’ impeachment is “the weakest, thinnest, most partisan in American history”.

He added, “Americans will NEVER forget”:

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) noted: “This is the first time in the history of this country than an impeachment has been pursued without a specific crime being alleged or proven”.

We leave you with House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins’ closing statement:

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