BREAKING: President Trump Has Been Impeached

The House has formally voted to impeach President Trump.

2 Democrats Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew voted “Nay.”

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard voted “Present.”

Not a single Republican voted for impeachment.

NBC reports for the third time in the nation’s history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting president, following a day-long debate on whether Trump violated his oath in pressuring Ukraine to damage a political opponent.

Trump was impeached on two articles. The first vote, 230-197, was to impeach him for abuse of power and was almost entirely on party lines; it was followed quickly by a second 229-198 vote that the president obstructed Congress. One Democrat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for president, voted “present” on both articles.

The Senate trial on whether to remove the president will begin in early January.

Two Democrats, Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted with Republicans against both articles of impeachment, while another Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, voted yes on abuse of power and no on obstruction of Congress.

Hours before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor to say it was imperative to impeach a president for the first time in two decades because Trump is “an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections.”

“It is an established fact the president violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said, standing next to a sign with an American flag that quoted a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, “To the Republic, for which it stands…”

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote

History was made today, but not in a way Democrats had hoped.

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With this vote, Nancy Pelosi and her fellow impeachment crusaders have ensured the reelection of @realDonaldTrump and a return of a Republican majority in the House.”

Axios reports the House of Representatives has reached the majority needed to impeach Donald Trump. He will become the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he’s headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won’t be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

Trump could still win re-election next November and serve a second term. He’s the first impeached president in U.S. history who both is eligible to run for re-election and is already guaranteed his own party’s nomination.

Trump is being impeached for withholding aid to Ukraine to pressure its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to announce an investigation into Joe Biden — the former vice president and Trump’s potential election rival — and Biden’s son, Hunter.

Details: Impeachment is a certainty after 216 Democrats voted Wednesday night in favor of the first of two articles of impeachment — abuse of power — following hours of debate on the House floor.

Not one House Republican voted in favor of the article.

The full vote is still being recorded. The next House vote is on the second article of impeachment: obstruction of Congress.

The House of Representatives is a 435-member body, but in this case 216 constitutes a majority because there are currently 431 members and four vacancies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the debate at 12:08 pm, saying Trump had left Congress no choice but impeachment and that he poses an “ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections, the basis of our democracy.”

Two past U.S. presidents were impeached by the House: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Both were acquitted in the Senate. Johnson failed to win his party’s nomination to seek re-election. Clinton was impeached in his second term. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 ahead of certain impeachment.