Donald Trump’s history as the third US president to be indicted by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives is set for a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate and will determine whether he is in office.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to indict President Donald Trump on two articles – accusation, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote was followed by weeks of testimony on his dealings with Ukraine and hours on the process. Trump is only the third president in the history of the US to be impeached.
The Democrat-led House passed the House of Representatives largely on the party-line 230-197 vote. He voted on the second article of the indictment and charged the House with a congressional hurdle. The second article was approved by a vote of 229-198.
Democrats spearheaded Wednesday night’s vote, framing what many have said is their duty to uphold the constitution and uphold the country’s system of checks and balances. Republicans stood by their party leader, who often tested the boundaries of civil norms. Trump called the whole affair “witch hunt,” a “hoax” and a “sham,” ” and sometimes called all three.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the 230-197 historic and largely party-line vote, which was formalized and set for a Senate hearing in January.
On Wednesday night, the House voted on two articles of impeachment – first, abuse of power by the president, and second, obstruction of Congress.
The first article received 230-197 votes, while the second article received 229- 198 votes. Trump is accused of suspending nearly $ 400 million of congressionally approved military aid to pressure Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky , to launch an investigation into his 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump, however, denied all the allegations leveled against him.
Here is the timeline of events leading up to Wednesday’s voting:
July 25: A call to the core of the indictment, Trump telephones Zelinsky. In a rough transcript released by the White House, Trump urges Zelinsky to “take a look” at Joe Biden, a board member of the Ukrainian Gas Company and his son Hunter. Trump is asking about an “investigation” on Bidens in a call heard by a staff member of the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor.
Aug. 12: A whistleblower complains to the Central Intelligence Agency (CII) official intelligence community watchdog and inspector general about the call.
September 10: Democrat-controlled House of Representatives requests information on whistleblower complaints. Next, US military aid to Ukraine resumes.
September 24: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launches an indictment of Trump, following which the White House releases a rough transcript of a July phone call the next day. Two days after the impeachment hearing began, a whistleblower complaint was released, which accused Trump of “using the power of his office to interfere with a foreign country” in next year’s presidential election.
October 17: White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admits that military assistance to Ukraine has been halted to pressure Kiev to investigate allegations of Democrats and the 2016 election. But later he did backtracks
October 22: Acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor tells congressional investigators that there is a connection between military aid and the biden investigation.
October 31: House of Representatives passes resolution to formalize impeachment proceedings and guarantees public hearing
November 4: Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich told the inquiry that Trump was considered a threat. The next day, US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, revised his opening testimony, declaring that it was now recalled to say that US assistance was dependent on the investigation sought by Trump.
November 13: Public hearings begin, Taylor testifies of a heard phone call, and President’s allegations against Bidens. The next day, Yovanovich said she was “threatened” by Trump’s attack on Twitter amid her testimony.
November 20: Sondland testified in a phone call between Trump and Zelinsky, and in his opening statement, the ambassador stated that there was a quid pro quo – or favors exchange. The next day, Fiona Hill, a former Russian White House White House expert, testified that Sondland was working for Trump on “domestic political wrongdoing” that had deviated from official foreign policy for the US. She is warning lawmakers not to believe the “fictional story” that Republicans pushed for Ukraine’s intervention in the 2016 election.
December 10: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment of President Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Following Wednesday night’s vote, the following events will take place: January 6, 2020 – Beginning of the Inquiry
*from various sources.