President Donald Trump, impeached by the U.S House of Representatives is still bragging that the Senate will set him free of all the charges.
The White House hit back at lawmakers today, December 19, describing the act as “illegitimate articles of impeachment” saying that the president would be acquitted in the Senate.
“Democrats have chosen to proceed on this partisan basis in spite of the fact that the President did absolutely nothing wrong,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, calling the votes in the House of Representatives an “unconstitutional travesty”.
“The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings.
”He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated,” the statement said, referring to the upcoming trial in the upper chamber.
The Senate will require two-thirds of votes to remove Trump from office, something that has never happened before.
The House of Reps, had approved the first article of impeachment, charging the president with abuse of power, by a vote of 230 to 197. Of the 233 Democrats, 228 voted in favor, along with the House’s one Independent.
Two Democrats opposed the measure. No Republicans voted in favor. Trump faced charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after a fast-paced inquiry into allegations he pressured Ukraine into investigating his political rivals.
Trump Impeachment now heads to the Senate for a trial likely in early January to determine whether Trump will be removed from office or acquitted. A U.S. president has never been removed from office via impeachment. Both Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, but were later acquitted in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached and face trial over the Watergate scandal.
Investigators say President Trump withheld some $400 million in military aid from Ukraine while he pushed Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig into former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s family as well as probe a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.