The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine, making him the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Here’s a recap of the historic proceedings:
The session began at 9 a.m. ET, with House Republicans calling for procedural votes.
Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the formal debate over the articles.
“It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security,” she said.
Many vitriolic speeches followed, but there was little in the way of actual drama.
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler rebuked Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, for echoing "Russian propaganda."
One Republican lawmaker defended Trump by saying Jesus got a better deal in his trial.
The House voted to approve the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, at 8:34 p.m. ET.
It voted to approve the second, obstruction of Congress, 18 minutes later.
Before calling the vote, Pelosi warned Democrats not to cheer — though some did.
The votes were almost entirely along party lines.
Two Democrats — Reps. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) — voted against the first.
Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, voted for abuse of power but against obstruction of Congress.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who favored censure over impeachment, voted present.
President Trump was impeached while he was speaking at a reelection rally in Michigan.
At the rally, Trump said “it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached.”
Trump also disparaged Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell’s late husband, suggesting he is in hell.
At a press conference after the vote, Pelosi called for a “fair” Senate trial.
For instant analysis from Yahoo News reporters in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, see the blog below.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bangs the gavel after the vote to impeach President Trump. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Trump speaks at a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., on Wednesday. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Trump still going
Freshly impeached, President Trump continues to speak at his rally in Michigan. Per the White House pool report from the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey:
We are about 90 minutes in.
Trump has gone after Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Pete Buttigieg, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Jim Comey, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, media outlets, House Democrats & many more. Much of the speech was the airing of grievances.
"Debbie Dingell, that's a real beauty," he said of the congresswoman, noting he was watching her on TV during impeachment proceedings.
He said he gave the family the "A treatment" after Rep. John Dingell died, and she told him, in an emotional call, that John Dingell was "thrilled" looking down from heaven.
"Maybe he's looking up," Trump said, drawing even some moans in the Michigan crowd, where the Dingell family is from.
"Give me my damn money back," he said of Rep. Maloney, saying that he gave her campaign contributions when he was a real estate developer.
"If that was me, they'd bring the electric chair back," Trump said of Hunter and Joe Biden.
He went on a long riff about how he'd never get credit for his crowd sizes or his economic record. He said media polls were even more fake than news stories. He complained about sinks, showers, dishwashers and more not giving out enough water, "in places where there's so much water they don't know what to do with it."
"We're bringing back the old light bulb," he said.
"Every time I tell you they do a big number on it," he said, of toilets, joking he was going "off the record" with the rally crowd to talk about 10 flushes or more with new toilets. "Not me of course," he said.
He talked about his hair. He joked about how lucky Melania Trump was to be on the adventure with him. He said Barron Trump would get a bigger crowd than "Crazy Pocahontas," even though the White House has asked for news outlets not to bring Barron Trump into political stories.
He seemed in no hurry to go anywhere. He swore more frequently than usual but said he was in good spirits and was not worried because Republicans were more united than ever before behind him.
"I'm not worried," he said, adding the election was next year. "In the life of Trump, 10 months is an eternity," he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a vote on the articles of impeachment against President Trump. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Speaking to reporters after voting to impeach President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves open the prospect of withholding the articles of impeachment, saying she wants a “fair” Senate trial.