The United States House of Representatives has transmitted its article of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting up a landmark trial.
A resolution cementing the decision was passed almost completely along party lines with a vote of 228-193. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was the only Democrat who chose to vote against the action, which comes just a month after articles of impeachment were introduced against the President in relation to his dealings with Ukraine. Trump is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian President to open up an investigation into his political rival and 2020 Democratic candidate for President, Joe Biden.
"We are here today to cross a very important threshold in American history,” Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, proclaimed ahead of the vote, according to Fox News.
“When someone is impeached, they are always impeached,” added the California Democrat. “It cannot be erased.”
Not everyone agreed with Pelosi’s sentiments, however. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., slammed the Democrats for becoming obsessed with the process, which many have called a partisan “sham.”
“This is not a moment this body should be proud of. As Pelosi says, impeachment is a national civics lesson. Let's use this blunder as a teachable moment,” McCarthy said.
“We wouldn’t abuse our power just for the sheer sake of politics to say you’re impeached forever because I dislike you.”
In a statement issued after the vote, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham lambasted the impeachment process as “illegitimate” and said that it proved Pelosi was “focused on politics instead of the American people.”
"The Speaker lied when she claimed this was urgent and vital to national security because when the articles passed, she held them for an entire month in an egregious effort to garner political support,” Grisham added. “She failed and the naming of these managers does not change a single thing."
Fox News reports that Pelosi has named House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Val Demings, D-Fla.; Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas; and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif as impeachment managers to prosecute the case against the president.
The press secretary insisted that Trump “has done nothing wrong” and noted that "he looks forward to having the due process rights in the Senate” and being “fully exonerated.”
Opening arguments in the Senate trial are set to be presented next Tuesday.
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