The resolution passed 228-193, with Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson voting against the measure and Rep. Justin Amash–a former Republican turned Independent–voted in favor of the resolution.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been holding on to the articles — charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — in a bid to extract favorable terms for the trial including a commitment on witnesses, but she ended her delay after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear he was not willing to negotiate.
Lawmakers gave impassioned speeches on the House floor in the run-up to the vote. Pelosi said, “We are here today to cross a very important threshold in American history.”
“When someone is impeached, they are always impeached,” the California Democrat said. “It cannot be erased.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., ripped into the Democratic efforts, saying, “This is not a moment this body should be proud of. As Pelosi says, impeachment is a national civics lesson. Let’s use this blunder as a teachable moment.”
“We wouldn’t abuse our power just for the sheer sake of politics to say you’re impeached forever because I dislike you,” McCarthy added.
Before the vote, Pelosi announced that collusion hoaxers, Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would be named as managers along with Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).
The Speaker claimed that the House demonstrated its “courage and patriotism” and that the managers chosen “reflect those values, and will now honor their responsibility to defend democracy.”
After Pelosi’s announcement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying the House Speaker “focused on politics instead of the American people,” and that she “failed and the naming of these managers does not change a single thing.”