President Donald Trump impeached by US House on 2 charges

President Donald Trump impeached by US House on 2 charges

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House has impeached President Donald Trump on a charge he abused the power of his office to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump becomes the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. The House then approved a second charge, obstruction of Congress. Democrats control the House, and the voting was mostly along party lines.

The charges against Trump will next go to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial in January. Trump, who says he's done nothing wrong, would almost certainly be acquitted there.

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on both Articles of Impeachment against President Trump:

“Today, many of my Democrat colleagues made history, unfortunately, for supporting the first-ever, completely partisan impeachment of a President of the United States – a precedent that will only encourage future members of Congress to habitually abuse their oversight powers and wield the sacred sword of impeachment as a political weapon of war,” said Arrington.

“Doing this will further fan the flames of discord and division in our country, create an even more broken and dysfunctional culture in Congress, and, worst of all, inflict irreparable harm on the future of our Republic.”

“I am deeply disturbed that history was indeed made today in this hallowed chamber – but, for all the wrong reasons. Not for love of country, but hatred for a political foe. Not to pursue justice, but to punish a political adversary. Not to seek truth, but to seize political power.”

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