President Donald J. Trump has, as expected, become the third U.S, President in U.S. history to be impeached, with the House of Representatives voting mainly along party lines to approve the first article, abuse of power, by a 230 to 197 margin.
Voting on the second article, obstruction of Congress, is still underway, but 216 Democrats have voted in favor, enough for the article to pass.
Update: The final vote on the second article was 229-198.
The articles of impeachment will now be forwarded to the U.S. Senate, where a "trial" is to take place per the Constitution, though many ranking members of the Republicans, the Senate majority party, have publicly stated they have already made up their mind in favor of the president.
Idaho Representative Russ Fulcher issued the following statement:
"Today, a stain will be left on the history of the U.S. House of Representatives … one which neither fact nor time will be able to wipe clean. Like other blights on history, this one is self-induced by the selfish ambition of mankind.
"Having found themselves more desiring of power than service, the stewards of a once-honorable democrat party have weaponized the congressional process – one that was intended for liberty – in a desperate attempt to remove an American President and gain more control.
"Although the attempt will ultimately fail, the stain will remain. And so it is.
"Now, the responsibility for any positive mitigation lies with our nation’s parents and grandparents, to use this stain as a tool for teaching – and to explain to future Americans such that this will never happen again.”