The House of Representatives passed the vote on a Democratic resolution that lays out specific rules for the impeachment investigation of Trump. According to The Washington Post, the 232-to-196 vote created a split house with nearly all of the Democrats supporting the resolution.
The main issue at hand is whether Trump abused the power of his office to push a foreign leader to investigate his domestic political rivals.
Before the actual vote took place, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described the impeachment inquiry as a “solemn” and “prayerful” process — “not cause for any glee or comfort.”
Pelosi also said, “I don’t know why Republicans are afraid of the truth.”
“Every member should support the American people hearing the facts for themselves,” she added during a floor speech. “That is what this vote is about. It’s about the truth. And what is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.”
According to USA Today, six committees have been investigating Trump for the following reasons that include, possible abuse of power and obstruction of justice, financial services, foreign affairs, intelligence judiciary, oversight and reform, and ways and means.
The Resolution is an eight-page document that was released this Tuesday by the Democrats leading the House of Representatives. It gives the GOP subpoena powers. Provisions allow Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff D-California and Rep. Devin Nunes of California, to question witnesses or give rank-and-file lawmakers an opportunity to ask questions for five minutes. The Republicans and Judiciary committees could subpoena witnesses and documents, and if the chairman objects, Republicans can ask for a committee vote.
The Intelligence Committee and other panels are going to provide reports to the Judiciary Committee. This could result in possible articles of impeachment.