Update: Just before 11:30am ET, the House had enough votes - with 232 for and 196 against, largely along party lines, as Democrats Collin Peterson of Minn. and Jeff Van Drew of N.J. voted no, while Justin Amash voted for and four members not voting - to adopt the resolution that puts Trump on the path toward impeachment.
JUST IN: The House of Representatives has approved a resolution to formalize the procedures of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It passed with a vote of 232-196. https://t.co/FlHGTB8vPx pic.twitter.com/cyyXdLHnv1— CNN (@CNN) October 31, 2019
With the passage of this measure, Democrats will now begin public impeachment hearings to investigate whether Trump should ultimately be removed from office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival and other possible misdeeds. The closed depositions led by the Intelligence Committee will continue, along with probes in five other panels.
Eventual articles of impeachment would be drafted by the Judiciary Committee for a final floor vote to impeach the president. It would then be up to the Republican-led Senate to decide whether Trump should be removed from office.
Conservatives have pointed out that every Republican opposed the resolution, while two Democrats joined them.
BREAKING ⇒ 100% of Republicans just voted AGAINST this sham impeachment. Two Democrats joined us.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 31, 2019
Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff have both insisted that impeachment should be bipartisan. The only bipartisan vote today was AGAINST impeachment.
Support for impeachment inquiry: Partisan— Andy Swan 🦢 (@AndySwan) October 31, 2019
Opposition impeachment inquiry: Bi-Partisan https://t.co/h1ZI3jHtNb
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House Democrats on Thursday will debate and then hold a vote on a formal roadmap for President Donald Trump's impeachment, as several key witnesses have provided testimony this week supporting claims that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine unless they investigated allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
One day after a decorated army officer told Congressional investigators he witnessed Trump and a senior diplomat pressure Ukraine, three other State Department officials on Wednesday offered more evidence in testimony that supported the allegations against the US leader.
And the inquiry testimony set dates for three more witnesses, including Trump's estranged former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who would have had first-hand knowledge of the president's alleged effort to leverage military aid to Ukraine in exchange for President Volodymyr Zelensky investigating his Democratic rival Joe Biden. -AFP via Yahoo
President Trump has blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt," and has insisted that there was no "quid pro quo" proposed during his communications with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky.