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President Trump impeached; Hice issues statement
Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday night, Dec. 18. 

Trump is the third president in United States history to be impeached.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., issued a statement following the votes, saying he "voted no on both articles of impeachment."

"Since the day he was inaugurated, President Trump has been met with open hostility from both the media and political foes alike. Rather than working with the president, House Democrats have squandered an entire year, wasting countless opportunities to enact positive change for America," he said. "Instead, their energies and resources have been fixated on a vendetta against the president – an endless cycle of wild allegations and partisan witch-hunt investigations."

Hice added, “Once the impeachment charade began, my democrat colleagues haphazardly bounced from accusation to accusation – each new charge lacking the evidence to back it up. They’ve based their indictment of the president on presumption, hearsay and policy disagreements, none of which builds a convincing or compelling case for removing him from office.

Hice continued by saying the weeks of "secret, closed-door witness auditions" led to hearing from a "disgruntled career bureaucrats," or the "democrats' star witnesses."

“[The witnesses] could only testify to gossip and speculative assumptions," he said. "When that failed to move the needle, in a desperate bid to strengthen their case, House Democrats then turned to the conjecture of Ivy League academics, who strung together cherry-picked quotes from our Founding Fathers to humor a liberal fairytale. At the end of the day, their crusade ended as it began, as an impeachment in search of a crime.

Hice added, “While my colleagues on the other side of the aisle obsessed over issuing subpoenas, they lost sight of honoring the promises they made to the American people. We leave soon to return to our families for the Christmas season, having accomplished none of the great hopes we had when we entered the 116th Congress. Let’s hope that when we return in 2020 that the majority reevaluates its priorities so that we may finally get to work on the job the American people sent us to do.

In addition to the released statement, Hice took to social media to say the impeachment is a "huge attack on the future of our republic."

The House voted 230-197 to impeach Trump on the charge of abuse of power and voted 229-198 to impeach him on the charge of obstruction of Congress. 

Trump will stand trial in front of the U.S. Senate in January 2020.