Posted September 15, 2018 16:29:29You might want to take this with a grain of salt, but the House of Representatives on Monday voted to impeach President Donald Trump.
The vote was 221-206.
The House voted to convict President Donald J. Trump, of course, in the House, but he is still in the process of being removed from office.
The US President has been under investigation by the House for months over alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
There were more than 40 Democrats and two Republicans who voted against the impeachment.
They were Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Tom Cole of Oklahoma.
The impeachment motion, which was brought in the aftermath of an explosive testimony by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in which he was recorded discussing sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador, was voted down by the majority of Democrats, 217-217.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, who was the only Democrat who voted for the motion, said she believes the President has broken the law, but is “not guilty of it”.
“He is still president and he is going to be impeached,” she said.
“The President has not been convicted of anything.
He has not even been indicted.
He should have been impeached long ago.”
In a televised address shortly after the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, said: “It is now abundantly clear that the president of the United States committed an impeachable offense and I hope that the House will follow the proper process to remove him from office”.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media after his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC, US on September 16, 2018.
(REUTERS: Carolyn Kaster)The motion was supported by some Republican lawmakers, who said they did not want to see the President removed from the White House.
“The American people will decide his fate, and that decision will be made by them,” said Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho.
“I’m sure that our members of Congress will continue to fight for our Constitution, but it’s time to move on,” said Representative Ted Poe of Texas.
“We should move on.”
Democrats had hoped to push a similar resolution through the House before it is put on a two-year delay in order to give the President more time to make his case to the nation.
The impeachment was supported with support from many Republicans, including Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“We’ve heard the President’s words, we’ve heard his statements, and we’ve seen the President try to undermine our democracy,” said Senator Lindsey O Reilly of New York.
“And this is one of the greatest, greatest presidents that we’ve had.
It’s time for this to stop.”
In another twist in the saga, the Senate on Monday approved an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would remove sanctions against Russia from the bill.
“The United States has an obligation to act against Russia, and the sanctions bill has no place in the NDAA,” said Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Nelson of Florida.
“This amendment makes clear that our sanctions against Putin’s regime are no longer needed.”
The White House on Monday said that President Donald Trumps impeachment is a “historic day for America”.
“The impeachment is just the beginning of a long process, but now the House has voted to send the President to the ballot box for his first impeachment trial,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Mr Trump’s removal from office was supported last week by Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, as well as several other members of the Senate’s Republican caucus.