The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday night.
Earlier, the House gaveled in for a historic session on whether to impeach him on the two charges.
The rare undertaking to impeach a president, which is the third time in U.S. history, unfolded after more than six hours of debate on the floor before a full House vote, which took place Wednesday evening.
After discussing the rules for the proceedings, which Democrats overwhelmingly approved, 228-197, the House began its lengthy debate that will be divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor and began by reading the Pledge of Allegiance.
“‘The republic for which it stands’ is what we are here to talk about today,” Pelosi said. “A republic, if we can keep it.“