“Mr. Chairman, there are 23 ‘yes,’ and 17 ‘no’s.”
“The article is agreed to.”
“And without objection, the motion is adjourned.”
And with the sound of the gavel, history was made.
“Today is a solemn and sad day. For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
“This is an outrage. It sets the bar for any president of any party for the future to go through three years of hell like this president had. It’s really unfortunate. This is a sad day for the country,” said Rep. Louis Gohmert.
The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines — 23 Democrats, 17 Republicans — to approve both impeachment articles following a marathon hearing that went late into Thursday evening.
The articles include one on President Donald Trump’s alleged abuse of power and the other on obstruction of Congress during the impeachment inquiry.
The articles now to go the House floor for a vote next week. Trump could become only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
The White House released a statement criticizing the vote, and President Trump called it a hoax and a sham.
‘And it’s a very bad thing for our country. And you’re trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what, some day there’ll be a Democrat president and there’ll be a Republican House, and I suspect they’re going to remember it, because when you do when you use impeachment for absolutely nothing other than to try and get political gain.”
Ernie Gange is a Fil-Am Republican from Pennsylvania, a swing state that Trump won in 2016 with a margin of less than one percent.
“For me, this conversation with Ukraine, is not impeachable. We will see now. But I do not believe that this is enough evidence to impeach a president.”
A sentiment that many Republican voters feel in Virginia.
Recently, Virginia turned blue as Democrats win full control of state legislature for the first time in 26 years.
“I think it makes the Republicans feel uncomfortable but there’s a lot of hushed support for Trump. A lot of people are very careful on admitting that they do support Trump but I do think they should be out there and speak their opinion. However, everyone is so on their tippy-toes,” said Kristine PJ Torres-Caalim, CPR branding political consultant.
But not Gange, who believes Trump will win re-election in 2020.
“They want to reduce the accomplishment of President Trump, it’s not necessary. They are not going to do it because Trump, aside from the economy that is really bursting, today, the country is really doing great.”
Meanwhile, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump would likely be acquitted after the impeachment trial in the Senate which is expected to happen in January.