The House of Representatives voted to approve two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump; the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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The House of Representatives voted to approve two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump; the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House of Representatives voted to approve two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump; the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

FINAL VOTES:

Article I: Abuse of Power: 230-197. The article is approved.

Article II: Obstruction of Congress: 229-198. The article is approved.

Here's a rundown of the day -

WHEN: From 9:00am ET - 8:52pm ET.

THE PROCESS:

TO BEGIN: Almost immediately after the House was gaveled into session, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) requested a motion to adjourn, attempting to delay the vote altogether. The motion was voted down 150-144, in favor of the Democrats.

NEXT: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered a motion to condemn Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for their conduct as Chairmen of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, respectively.

 

The resolution reads: "Chairman Schiff and Chairman Nadler willfully and intentionally violated the Rules of the House of Representatives by abusing and exceeding their powers as Chairmen of Committees"

VOTE: 140-226, the motion is not agreed to.

MOTION TO TABLE: The Democrats approved a motion to table Rep. McCarthy's motion in a 226-191 vote.

POINT OF ORDER: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) raised a point of order, arguing that the Articles of Impeachment should not continue because the minority was not granted a minority hearing day in the House Judiciary Committee. The point of order was dismissed.

END OF DEBATE: Before they could continue, the House voted 229-197 to end the debate on the rules of debate over the Articles of Impeachment.

ON THE RULE: The House voted 228-197 to agree to the rules of debate on the Articles. The rules allowed for 6-hours of debate, split evenly between both parties.

THE DEBATE:

TO BEGIN: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) led the order of debate. Rep. Nadler yielded his time to allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin the debate. Pelosi said "Trump gave us no choice."

Rep. Collins opened for the Republicans, saying the impeachment proceedings were based on a "clock and a calendar," arguing that the Democrats were pushing the impeachment process because they did not believe they could win in a second election against the president.

REP. SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX): Argued that the "president was engaged in wrongdoing." Adding, "he has a pattern and his behavior remains a continuing threat to our country."

REP. BARRY LOUDERMILK (R-GA): Compared the impeachment trial to Pontius Pilate's treatment of Jesus Christ. Rep. Nadler responded "the president was given the opportunity to come and testify before the Judiciary Committee... he failed to do so."

REP. SCOTT PERRY (R-PA): Listed abuses of power by previous presidents, all of whom were not impeached from office.

REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY (D-MA): Says "What we are doing today is not only patriotic, it's uniquely American."

A SWITCH: Around halfway through the debate, Rep. Nadler yielded his time to Rep. Adam Schiff, who led the rest of the time for Democrats.

REP. JUSTIN AMASH (I-MI): The former Republican who switched this year to an Independent, rose to support the impeachment process. Rep. Amash said, "I come to this floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, but as an American who cares deeply about the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of the people."

REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL): said "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."

REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): began saying she would withhold from all the reasons the president should be impeached and finished with "yes, I called for Trump's impeachment early. This is our country. Our foremothers and forefathers shed their blood to build and defend this democracy. I refuse to have it undermined."

REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-CA): said "the only thing President Trump is guilty of is beating Hillary Clinton." Rep. Nunes added, "the Democrats need a long period of rehabilitation."

REP. VAL DEMMINGS (D-FL): argued "I've enforced the laws and now I write the laws. But the laws mean nothing if the accused can destroy evidence, stop witnesses from testifying and blatantly refuse to cooperate."

REP. STEVE SCALISE (R-LA): Stood and listed accomplishments from the President saying that someone needed to defend the President.

REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD): The House Majority Leader spoke for 20 minutes. Rep. Hoyer said the president was legitimately elected, told the story of Rep. Lawrence Hogan - who voted with the Democrats on all articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon - and praised Rep. Justin Amash for breaking from the Republicans to instead work for his country rather than a party. Rep. Hoyer ends with "We can show future generations what it means to be Americans first. Vote yes."

REP. KEVIN McCARTHY (R-CA): The House Minority Leader Spoke for 15 minutes. McCarthy began "President Trump will still be president when impeachment is over." He added that the process didn't qualify Speaker Pelosi's "own guidelines" and was too politicized. McCarthy's final words were, "in this time of great trial and tribulation, may God bless America."

VOTES:

The House took 15-minutes to vote on Article I: Abuse of Power. The final vote was 230-197. One Democrat voted "present".

The House took 5-minutes to vote on Article II: Obstruction of Congress. The final vote was 229-197. One Democrat voted "present".

FROM THE SENATE:

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Addressing reporters from the Capitol, Sen. Lindsey Graham said "my goal is to have as short a trial as possible."

FROM THE PRESIDENT:

FROM A RALLY: During a rally in Battle Creek, MI, the President responded to being impeached in the House, celebrating that not one Republican voted against him.