President Trump has been impeached

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9:02 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

White House responds: This is "one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation"

The White House just released a statement following the impeachment of President Trump, calling it "one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation."

"Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation. Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the President through the House of Representatives. Democrats have chosen to proceed on this partisan basis in spite of the fact that the President did absolutely nothing wrong. Indeed, weeks of hearings have proved that he did nothing wrong," the White House said.

The statement went on to call the impeachment a "sham" that denied the President "fundamental fairness and due process under the law."

The White House further stated: "All of these antics make clear that Democrats have lost sight of what this country needs, which is a Congress that works for the people. Their boundless animus for President Trump fuels their desire to nullify the 2016 election results, and improperly influence the 2020 election."

8:58 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted "present" on the first article of impeachment

From CNN's Adrienne Winston

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who is a representative from Hawaii, released a statement explaining her decision to vote “present" on the first article of impeachment against President Trump.

 “I am standing in the center and have decided to vote 'Present.' I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing," Gabbard said in the statement. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

Gabbard is the only candidate who is a member of congress who is able to vote on impeachment. The other congressmembers who are running are all members of the Senate.

8:57 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

House adjourns until tomorrow morning

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The US House of Representatives just adjourned for the night.

The House will return tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET.

Lawmakers debated for six hours on the floor before voting on the articles of impeachment tonight.

9:04 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

The House just passed both articles of impeachment

In a historic move, the House of Representatives has passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

The House voted primarily along party lines to impeach Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

8:52 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

Majority of House votes for second article of impeachment

A majority of the US House of Representatives have voted to support the second article of impeachment — obstruction of Congress — against President Trump.

House Democrats have 216 votes. Lawmakers are still voting on the House floor.

What happened just moments ago: The House voted almost entirely along party lines to charge Trump with abuse of power, the first article of impeachment.

8:42 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

Here's a breakdown of the first vote

Here's what how the vote on the first article of impeachment — abuse of power — went down:

  • Democrats: 230 yeas
  • Republicans: 197 nays

One member, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, voted present.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the final vote from the speaker's chair. 

8:40 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

Some members are voting with paper cards. Here's why.

From CNN's Haley Byrd

Most members are voting through the electronic system, but a large number of members are voting with paper cards, which is just a more formal way to register a vote.

That makes the process move a little more slowly, because the House clerk has to plug it into the electronic system instead of the members doing it themselves.

Members are able to come back to get their card and keep it afterward, something they like to do on important and historic votes.

8:37 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

The House is now voting on the second article of impeachment

The House has 5 minutes to vote on the second article of impeachment: obstruction of Congress.

8:45 p.m. ET, December 18, 2019

President Trump has been impeached

The House of Representatives just took the historic step to impeach President Trump.

It's only the third time in history that this has been done.