WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives today voted to impeach President Donald Trump with bipartisan support, making him the first President impeached twice.
Ten House Republicans voted in favor of the Articles of Impeachment, symbolizing the most bipartisan impeachment vote in United States history. The vote was 232-197, with four Republican representatives abstaining from their vote. In that group was Michigan Representative Fred Upton, who had announced publicly he supported impeachment prior to the debate.
The House spent most of the morning debating and approving procedures governing the impeachment process before debating impeachment for over two hours. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is allegedly pleased by impeachment, seeing it as a way for the GOP to “purge” Trump from the party. McConnell has stated he is unsure of how he will vote.
McConnell is not expected to immediately bring the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate floor, however he has said the trial will be held when the Senate reconvenes next week. The trial will not be complete until after President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, but could still have implications on President Trump. If the Senate votes in favor of impeachment, the President will be convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors and be prevented from running for office again.