House Democrats took action against Trump on Wednesday, as he became the third U.S. President to be impeached by the House
The highly controversial House vote has invoked protests around the country and is sure to heighten tensions around the country and in the capital. The impeachment will also have a foreseeable effect on the rocky upcoming election year.
Democrat leaders, who previously rejected impeachment for the majority of the year, reversed this decision in September after allegations from a government whistleblower that Trump had leveraged U.S. military aid and a White House meeting to press Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rivals. The impeachment process will then head over to the Senate, where GOP leaders are expected to take it to trial sometime next year. However, it is likely that the trial will end in Trump’s acquittal.
The whistleblower complaint eventually lead to impeachment articles charging Trump with abusing power and obstructing Congress. In recent days, Democrats emerged to announce their support for both articles, which usually spells out easy passage when they hit the floor.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) announced her support for both of the articles, saying Tuesday, “It became clear to me that he did, in fact, withhold critical military aid from a security partner in order to investigate — or attempt to have a foreign power investigate — an opponent of his in our democratic election process.”
President Trump asked his supporters to pray for him on Twitter as he expressed his disparagement for the impeachment.
“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!”
Although majority ruled on abuse of power, Trump is expected to be impeached on grounds of obstruction as well.