232 legislators voted for the resolution, against -196
US lawmakers on Thursday are holding the first vote in an impeachment investigation: the democratic-controlled House of Representatives is considering a resolution setting out the next steps in this fast-moving process.
On Thursday morning, ahead of the vote, house speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference. Pelosi told reporters that “today is a sad day,” sad because none of the lawmakers, according to the speaker, came to Congress to deal with the impeachment of the President, lawmakers came here to work for a better future for Americans. However, Pelosi stressed that the House of Representatives cannot and will not tolerate the fact that the head of state grossly violates the Constitution of the United States.
Around 10: 30 a.m., a resolution formalizing the investigation into President Trump’s impeachment was passed by 232 votes to 196. The votes in the House of Representatives were mostly divided along party lines.
The vote is the first official test of the popularity of the investigation, which began on September 24. To pass the resolution, the Democrats, who hold 224 seats out of 435, needed a simple majority.
The resolution provides for public hearings and the release of transcripts from private meetings and determines what rights Republicans and President Donald Trump himself have to participate in further stages of the process.
Republicans accuse Democrats of infringing on the President’s rights and express outrage over the closed nature of the investigation.
The Constitution gives the House of Representatives broad authority to set rules for investigations into impeachment, and Democrats insist they abide by the current rules. They promised to hold a series of public hearings as part of the investigation.