SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Congressman Salud Carbajal weighed in on the impeachment debate Wednesday, as the House was expected to vote on articles of impeachment.
"Today is a very serious day. Nobody comes to Congress with the intent to impeach a President. I certainly did not, but the evidence is clear, overwhelmingly clear. This President abused his power and undermined our national security for personal and political gain," said Representative Carbajal in a video statement to our newsroom. "Further, he obstructed congress by directing his administration to rebuff all subpoenas and investigation efforts by the house."
Members of the House of Representatives debated Wednesday before voting on two historic votes on articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
"Today is the day that I will be moving forward to impeach this President. I took an oath of office when I joined the Marine Corps and when I became a member of Congress, to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and today I'm upholding that oath, and I will be voting to impeach President Trump," said Rep. Carbajal.
The votes were held after hours of statements from each member of the House of Representatives. By the end of the evening, President Trump was impeached on two charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The votes made President Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
The impeachment trial in the Senate, where Republicans control the majority, is expected to begin in January.