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WASHINGTON (KFOR) - President Donald J. Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, becoming the third president in 230 years of U.S. presidential history to be impeached.

Trump was impeached Wednesday, Dec. 18 on both articles of impeachment charged against him.

On the first article, the House cast 230 votes for impeachment and 197 votes against impeachment.

On the second article, the House cast 229 votes for impeachment and 198 votes against impeachment.

House members voted almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democratic votes were cast against impeaching Trump on the first article. Three Democratic votes were cast to not impeach Trump on the second article. House Republicans voted in uniform against impeachment on both articles. The one Independent in the House vote was made for impeachment on both articles. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running as a Democratic presidential candidate, voted "present" on both  articles.

Following the vote on both articles, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised that members of the House not cheer for the outcome.

The vote came after full House floor deliberations on impeachment. The House Rules Committee approved six hours of debate on the House floor Wednesday: 3 hours each for Democrats and Republicans.

Two articles of impeachment against Trump were passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, Dec. 13.

The first article of impeachment charged Trump with abuse of power, and the second article charged him with obstruction of Congress.

It is alleged that Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine. Trump is accused of attempting to coax the Ukrainian government to investigate political rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Congressional leaders clashed over the quid pro quo question during the deliberation, with Democrats saying it's clear that Trump presented a quid pro quo to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Republicans saying no quid pro quo was offered by Trump.

Trump fired off a furious letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, but he also acknowledged he was powerless to stop the expected outcome.

With Trump impeached, the process now moves to the Senate, which will hold a trial early next year.

The only other U.S. presidents to be impeached are Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

Trump blasted Democrats, Wednesday morning, on Twitter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) posted on Twitter after the vote, saying he would address Trump's impeachment, Thursday morning, on the Senate floor.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) pledged on Twitter that Trump's presidency is not in jeopardy.

Republican Congressman Frank Lucas released the following statement:

“Today is a sad day for us all- the American people and the institution that is the U.S. House of Representatives. For the third time in history, the House of Representatives has impeached a sitting president.

As I have said before, the strength of our democracy comes from the House’s ability to legislate on behalf of the American people. For more than 200 hundred years the U.S. House of Representatives has stood as a testament to that notion and has served the needs of a great nation. Regrettably today, those needs have been put aside in favor of partisan politics.

For months, Americans have witnessed impeachment proceedings unlike any other in modern history. From the very beginning, House Democrats blatantly disregarded historical and institutional practices to instead partake in a flawed, partisan probe. There’s only one thing that’s been made clear by today’s partisan impeachment vote: this unjust impeachment is a disservice to the American people.

Our institution deserves better than this. Oklahomans deserve better than this. And our nation deserves better than this.

Republican Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) voted against impeachment and issued the following statement shortly after voting concluded Wednesday night:

“Today’s vote sadly marks the climax of a flawed and partisan process that House Democrats used to impeach President Trump, and I am very concerned that they did so with questionable evidence and insufficient grounds. In the short term, this sharpens partisanship and political differences nationwide, but it will also make it much more difficult to enact meaningful and bipartisan legislation in the future. More alarming in the long term, this action sets an unfair precedent that runs the risk of legitimizing impeachment as an acceptable weapon that can now be used in partisan political warfare. That should concern every single one of us.”

Democratic Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) voted for impeachment. She released the following statement on Tuesday:

“I came to Congress to fight for Oklahomans and to find common ground by uniting lawmakers around bipartisan solutions – this is exactly what I’ve done and will continue to do. I did not come to Congress seeking impeachment, nor do I agree with the extreme voices on either side. I am disappointed in lawmakers on the right and left who pre-judged the outcome of this investigation, whether they condemned the President before hearing all the facts or attempted to derail the process rather than improve it.

It is with a heavy heart, but with clarity of conviction that I have made my decision. The oath I took to protect and defend the Constitution requires a vote for impeachment. This is not a decision I came to lightly, but I must do my part to ensure our democracy remains strong.

Our founders put in place checks and balances between three co-equal branches of government to ensure that no one is above the law. Allowing one branch or president to ignore our laws and Constitution would set a dangerous precedent.

The articles of impeachment before us allege an abuse of power and an obstruction of Congress. Inviting foreign interference in our elections strikes at the heart of our democracy, threatens our national security, and is an abuse of power. It is never acceptable for any president, regardless of party, to ask a foreign country to put their finger on the scale of our democracy. The President obstructed Congress by withholding evidence, refusing to comply with lawful subpoenas, and prohibiting administration officials from doing so as well.

Protecting and defending our Constitution is about preserving our democracy and systems for generations to come. We cannot allow any president of either party to abuse the power of their office or to obstruct Congress. Therefore, we must act to protect our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and our national security.”

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