Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
Today is an historic albeit sad day in our Nation’s history. The House of Representatives voted to approve two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump, largely along partisan lines. The vote on Article One – Abuse of Power – was 230 Aye, !97 Nay with one vote Present and 3 Not Voting. Two Democrats voted against the Article and one Independent voted for it. Article Two – Obstruction of Congress – was approved 229 Aye, 198 Nay with three Democrats voting Nay, one Independent voting Aye, one voting Present and three Not Voting. The two Articles will now be forwarded to the Senate for a trial on whether or not to remove President Trump from office. The trial is expected in January, 2020.
President Trump has now been formally Impeached. He joins two other presidents – Andrew Johnson and William Jefferson Clinton – as the only presidents to have been Impeached. Richard Nixon resigned before any articles of impeachment were actually voted upon; however, it is historically certain that he would have been impeached had the voting taken place. A very small club and one that no President strives to join. President Trump will now go down in history as the third president in 230 years to have been impeached. He will forever be remembered as “Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States and the third to have been Impeached by the House of Representatives.”
A solemn occasion. Let us note it for what it is – an exercise by the duly designated body to curb what are perceived to be breaches of the Constitution. Whether you agree with the decision by the House or not, it has happened for only the third time in our illustrious history. For that we should be grateful.