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House votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Pres. Donald Trump was impeached Wednesday night -- the third president in American history to have the matter of removal advance to the Senate for a trial.

On article I, two Democrats voted "no." On article II, a third joined them.

All other votes were cast along party lines.

Wednesday night's vote followed a day of partisan speeches on the House floor -- Democrats condemning the president for what they characterized as an abuse of power, and Republicans blasting the entire process as unsubstantiated.

Ind. Third District Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican representing most of the viewing area, said it wasn't the White House but the "irrational Democrats" who were abusing their authority.

He also tweeted: "Sorry Democrats. No matter how hard you try, Hillary Clinton will never be President of the United States."

But Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson offered a very different perspective.

"Pres. Trump's actions hurt American diplomacy and undermine the integrity of our nation's promises to our allies," he said on the House floor. "We will not allow our leaders to trade away our national security."

Ahead of the vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution in arguing that the Founders’ vision for a republic was threatened by Trump’s actions.

“Today we are here to defend democracy for the people,″ she said to applause from Democrats in the House chamber.

Trump, tweeting from the White House, used all capital letters and exclamation points to register his outrage: “SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!”

Next comes a January trial in the Senate, where a vote of two-thirds would be necessary for conviction.

Indiana U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, a first-term Republican, said he will hear all testimony, but does not expect to vote to convict.

"From everything we know, there will not be any new information, just a different presentation of it," he said. "And when it comes to everything I know so far, I will vote to acquit.

"But that doesn't mean I will not be listening and be objective in the trial itself."

Braun said he believes the impeachment process was tainted.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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