A divided House took a major step in its effort to impeach President Trump.
In fact, in a 229-194 vote, lawmakers approved rules for the next stage, including public hearings. All as Democrats accuse the President of abusing the office, and jeopardizing national security for political gain. However, the vote did not pick up a single Republican vote.
In addition, two Democrats weren’t so supportive of the vote either.
Now, instead of hearing about major issues such as the economy, the public will get to watch televised public hearings with U.S. officials testifying about alleged wrongdoings.
“The vote also authorizes the House Intelligence Committee to release transcripts from past interviews and gives more power to Republicans, including the right to call witnesses, though those requests are subject to approval by Democrats,” as noted by The Wall Street Journal.
However, the likelihood of impeachment going anywhere is slim to nil.
Republicans are sticking by Trump, who has denied any wrongdoings along with two Democrats — Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey. From here, should the House vote to impeach the President, it would set up a trial in the Senate, controlled by Republicans.
Unless the Senate votes to impeach by two-thirds margin, there won’t be any impeachment.
“White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham slammed Mrs. Pelosi and the Democrats after the vote, accusing them of engaging in a ‘a blatantly partisan attempt to destroy the president,’” as also highlighted by the Journal.
Trump described the debacle as “The Greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”
“The Impeachment Hoax is Hurting our Stock Market. The Do Nothing Democrats don’t care!”