The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to formalize the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The vote was 232-196 and fell largely along party lines. Republicans were united in their vote against impeachment. They were joined by two Democrats: New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson. Independent Justin Amash (MI) voted for the resolution.
The resolution passed by the House dictates that the three committees leading the inquiry — Judiciary, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs — will determine if there is enough evidence for the House to move forward with impeachment.
It also mandates open hearings.
According to the resolution, the House Intelligence Committee will draft a report outlining the findings and recommendations. The House Judiciary Committee “shall report to the House of Representatives such resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other recommendations as it deems proper” at the end of the inquiry.
This is the first step in the impeachment process.
🔦 Trump and his allies had previously pushed back on cooperating with the Democrat’s investigation as there was no formal recognition of the impeachment inquiry.
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