House Votes to (Finally) Release Articles of Impeachment, One Democrat Defects

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 1:45 PM
House Votes to (Finally) Release Articles of Impeachment, One Democrat Defects

Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The House of Representatives voted 228 to 193 to release the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. Finally. 

The House passed the two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in December. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld them from the Senate for nearly 30 days.

The members also voted to officially designate seven of their colleagues as the impeachment managers. Those include House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), and Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).

Republicans were not impressed in the slightest. Here's a statement from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) dismissing the Democratic-led impeachment as a "political stunt," and another from Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) arguing that the Democrats' upended their own case.

"This was always an exercise in raw partisan politics, contrary to the warnings of our Founders. And over the last month, we saw the justification for running the fastest, thinnest, and weakest impeachment in American history crumble," GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy added.

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This vote comes just after President Trump signed a historic trade deal with China.