On Wednesday, December 18, the House of Representatives voted to pass the two articles of impeachment concerning President Donald J. Trump.
This vote was the second of three steps in the impeachment process. The articles of impeachment will now move on to the Senate, where there will be a hearing before the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts. This hearing is expected to take place in January 2020.
The two articles put before the democratic-controlled House were 'Abuse of power' and 'Obstruction of Congress'. Below are the final tally of votes for both articles.
Abuse of Power
220 Yea, 197 Nay, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting
Obstruction of Congress
219 Yea, 198 Nay, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting
Voting was almost perfectly split along party lines with just three democrats deviating from party voting. Colin Peterson of Michigan and Jefferson Van Drew of New Jersey both voted against the articles, while Jared Golden of Maine voted for 'Abuse of Power' and against 'Obstruction of Congress'. The sole independent representative Justin Amash of Michigan voted for both articles.
Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted 'present' on both articles. Two republicans did not vote, Duncan Hunter of California and John Shimkus of Illinois and one democrat, Jose Serrano of New York, did not vote.
All five Oklahoman representatives took part in the vote and voted along party lines. Republicans Tom Cole, Kevin Hern, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin voted against both articles, while Kendra Horn voted for both articles.
Rep. Mullin, who is the voice of the eastern Oklahoma, released a statement to his constituents shortly after the vote.
“From day one, they have been trying to impeach the president,” Mullin said. “Nancy Pelosi, on the day she said they were going to impeach the President of the United States and brought forth the articles of impeachment, said this was two and a half years in the making.
“Today is probably the darkest day. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended for us to do when they put in the articles of impeachment. It was never designed for political motivation. It was never designed to be used the way Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have done it,” said Mullin.
During the vote, President Trump was visiting Battle Creek, Michigan, where more than 20,000 registered voters gathered to hear the president speak. Of those 20,000, 17% of attendees were registered democrats.
"I got impeached last night without one Republican vote being cast with the Do Nothing Dems on their continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history. Now the Do Nothing Dems want to Do Nothing with the Articles and not deliver them to the Senate, but it's the Senate's call," said Trump on Twitter.
Both Oklahoma senators have released statements on the upcoming Senate vote.
"Today marks only the third time our nation has impeached a president. The Senate must now set aside our work to hold a fir trial on the two impeachment articles based on the evidence the House sends us and any fact witnesses they have interviewed. Unlike the House, the Senate will allow the president to tell his side of the story, get due process and have equal time," said Senator James Lankford.
"The president is not going to be removed from office - period. The House's action is nothing more than a political sham - one that the vast majority of Oklahomans and I are sick and tired of. Nothing speaks to the political motivation of this action more than Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi's recent admission that she and House democrats have been working to impeach the president for two and a half years," said Senator Jim Inhofe. "It's been remarkable what we have been able to accomplish with President Trump, and we're just getting started."
The republican-controlled Senate will have the final hearing sometime in January 2020.