Live updates: Trump impeachment sets stage for historic Senate trial

  • The House of Representatives voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
  • The process will soon move to the Senate, where the president will become the third president in history to face a trial with the potential to remove him from office.
  • Mr. Trump, who was on stage at a rally in Michigan as the votes were counted, said Democrats had embarked on a “political suicide march” with their votes to impeach.
  • Download the free CBS News app to stream live coverage of the impeachment proceedings.

Washington — The House impeached President Trump on two counts of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a rebuke that will prompt a Senate trial against a president for just the third time in U.S. history.

Lawmakers voted nearly along party lines to approve the articles after lengthy and contentious debate on the House floor that stretched into the night. Just two Democratic members joined all Republicans in voting against the first article, with another Democrat joining the two dissenters on the second. One Democrat voted present on both counts.

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The president reacted angrily to the process over the course of the day, and took the stage at a rally with supporters in Michigan minutes before the final votes were tallied. He told a raucous crowd that Democrats were embarking on a “political suicide march” and said they “have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame.”

The process will soon move to the Senate for a trial likely beginning early in the new year. House Democrats must first name impeachment managers to prosecute the case against the president in the upper chamber, a move House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested might be delayed in an attempt to extract concessions from Republican leaders in the Senate over procedures for the trial.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over the impeachment of President Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on December 18, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images