A divided House of Representatives voted Thursday to endorse the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump, in a historic action that set up a critical new public phase of the process.
The vote was 232-196 to approve a resolution that sets out rules for an impeachment process for which there are few precedents, and which promises to consume the country a little more than a year before the 2020 elections. It was only the third time in modern history that the House had taken a vote on an impeachment inquiry into a sitting president.
The decision was lauded by local Democrats.
“I’m proud of our Democratic leadership for taking the lead on a fair and transparent process,” said Cindy Banyai who is running for the Florida House District 19 seat being vacated by Rep. Francis Rooney, who has announced his retirement. “We cannot have our president using congressionally allocated funds as leverage for personal gain. Time to restore integrity to our offices and institutions.”
The southwest Florida Democrat scolded Rooney for his vote. “I’m disappointed to see Rep. Francis Rooney voting against this measure to bring truth to the American people.”
Banyai’s sentiments were echoed by Annisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party:
“The impeachment inquiry is the next step in a well-defined process aimed at making sure that the sanctity of our democracy is preserved. Officials who ignore subpoenas are standing in the way of justice for the American people and the preservation of our democracy.”