Nancy Pelosi silences applause after Trump impeachment vote
December 23, 2019
The yays are 237.
The nays are 197. Present is one. Article 1 is adopted.
[bangs gavel] [clapping starts and stops abruptly] The question is on the adoption
of Article 2. Those in favour say aye.
[crowd says aye] Those opposed nay.
[crowd say no] The ayes have it, the ayes have it. As speaker of the House, I solemnly
and sadly opened the debate on the impeachment of the president
of the United States. If we do not act now, we would be derelict
in our duty. It is tragic that the president’s reckless
actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice. Sadly, the American people have witnessed
further wrongs of the president, which necessitate the second article
of impeachment: obstruction of Congress. When the president’s wrongdoing
was revealed, he launched an unprecedented, indiscriminate
and categorical campaign of defiance and obstruction. Never before in the history of our nation
have we seen a president declare and act as if he is above the law. The president goes even so far as to say
and act on this absurdity when he says, ‘Article 2 says, I can do whatever I want.’ No, it doesn’t.