"President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial." So said the House clerk following the historic vote in the House of Representatives which makes President Donald J. Trump the third sitting president of the country to be impeached. Following 12 hours of debate, a majority in the House approved both articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — in a test vote of 228 to 197.
What does this mean? The adoption of the articles sets the stage for the trial in the Republican-controlled Senate next month — where a two-thirds vote is necessary for conviction. The clash there will help define the legacies of both the president and the chief justice of the U.S., John Roberts, who may soon become the subject of Trump’s ire.