President Trump has been impeached
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking right after the House impeached President Trump, said today is “a great day for the Constitution” but “a sad day for America.”
“I could not be prouder or more inspired by the moral courage of the House Democrats. We never asked one of them how they were going to vote. We never whipped this vote” she said.
“I view this day, this vote, as something that we did to honor the vision of our founders to establish a republic, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to defend our democracy and the republic, and the aspirations of our children that they will always live in a democracy, and we have tried to do everything we can to make sure that that is their reality."
In the hours before the votes to impeach President Trump tonight, the atmosphere at the Trump International Hotel in Washington was nearly, but not quite, joyous. Two of the four televisions hanging above the lobby lounge bar were tuned to ESPN, with another tuned to Fox News and the last to CNN.
Few of the guests, if any, were paying much attention to the ongoing debate on the floor of the House of Representatives.
One of those at the bar was Heather Zabel, a 35-year-old nursing student in Virginia who considers herself a big fan of Trump’s.
“Big deal,” Zabel said, gesturing at the TV showing lawmakers arguing about impeaching Trump. “This is only making Republicans angry. And we’re going to vote for him again.”
The general consensus around the bar from Trump supporters echoed the Republican talking-points: that Democrats were pushing impeachment because they couldn’t stand seeing him in the White House. The “Russia collusion” gambit failed, and Ukraine was just the next effort to undo the 2016 election.
After the House passed the second impeachment count, Zabel’s face had fallen. Everything had happened as predicted — Trump was impeached, but he was still more than likely to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.
“I’m sad!” she said, looking genuinely hurt. “It’s a bad mark on him. I feel bad for him.”
As she spoke, the crowd around the bar began to thin out. Some shuffled across the lobby to have dinner at the hotel restaurant. Others began to head for the doors. Those who stayed looked down from the TVs and to their phones, or back to their own conversations. At Trump’s hotel, just blocks from the Capitol and the White House after the impeachment of the President, life had moved on.
President Trump called on his supporters to “vote Pelosi the hell out of office” while speaking at a Christmas MAGA rally in Michigan tonight.
"Americans will show up by the tens of millions next year to vote Pelosi the hell out of office," Trump said in Michigan.
Trump then criticized Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat representing Manhattan, and commented on donating to her over the years adding, “Give me back the damn money.”
Trump also attacked Congressman Debbie Dingell, calling her a “real beauty.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Maloney is a Republican. She is a Democrat.
Watch Trump's 'disgraceful' reaction to impeachment:
As President Trump officially became the third US president to be impeached, he was on stage at a "Merry Christmas" rally in Michigan laying into Democrats and claiming they've "branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame."
"With today’s illegal unconstitutional and partisan impeachment, the do-nothing Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter," Trump said in Michigan after being on stage for about an hour.
Trump likened the impeachment proceedings to a "political suicide march" and said he would prevail in the end.
"Have you seen my polls?" an incredulous-sounding Trump said to roars.
Shortly after the impeachment vote closed, Trump decried the situation in which he finds himself.
"After three years of sinister witch hunts, hoaxes, scams, the House Democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans," he said.
Watch President Trump take aim at Democrats:
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said President Trump "should be tried" by the Senate.
Schiff said the question is now whether "Senator McConnell will allow a fair trial in the Senate."
He said the American people want to hear the testimony of people like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney — and "see what's in those documents that the President has been hiding."
President Trump has acknowledged the vote to impeach him, which occurred as he was speaking on stage in Michigan.
"Every single Republican voted for us," Trump said. “We didn't lose one Republican vote.”
The votes occurred in the middle of his speech. It appeared he learned of the vote tallies from an aide.
Trump used the result to tout Republican unity.
"The Republican Party has never been so affronted but they have never been so united as they are right now,” he said.
He said it was “unheard of” that some Democrats would vote against the impeachment.
"The Democrats always stick together. Think of it: 3 Democrats went over to our side," he said.
Nancy Pelosi shot her members a look when it appeared that several House Democrats cheered or applauded after she announced that the articles of impeachment had passed.
Earlier in the day, the House Speaker told Democrats not to celebrate during the vote.
The vote on the second article of impeachment — obstruction of Congress — spilt almost entirely along party lines.
Here's the final vote count:
- Democrats: 230 yeas
- Republicans: 197 nays
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, was again the only Democrat to vote present.
The White House just released a statement following the impeachment of President Trump, calling it "one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation."
"Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation. Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the President through the House of Representatives. Democrats have chosen to proceed on this partisan basis in spite of the fact that the President did absolutely nothing wrong. Indeed, weeks of hearings have proved that he did nothing wrong," the White House said.
The statement went on to call the impeachment a "sham" that denied the President "fundamental fairness and due process under the law."
The White House further stated: "All of these antics make clear that Democrats have lost sight of what this country needs, which is a Congress that works for the people. Their boundless animus for President Trump fuels their desire to nullify the 2016 election results, and improperly influence the 2020 election."