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PRESIDENT IMPEACHED

As President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Rally In Michigan, Trump Becomes Third President to Be Impeached
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President Next Faces Senate Trial

Posted by The Shiawassee Exchange at 9:10pm 12/18/19

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Mike Pence visited Bronner's in Frankenmuth ahead of the Trump Pence "Merry Christmas" Rally in Battle Creek on December 18th 2019./Bethaney Brisbo

President Donald Trump has been formally impeached by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Only two other sitting presidents have faced impeachment.

Trump, still in office, now faces a Senate trial.  The Senate is controlled by the Republican party.

"THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!," the President tweeted.

No Republicans voted to impeach.  Two Democrats voted against the first article of impeachment and three Democrats voted against the second.

Nancy Pelosi opened the day's proceedings, which began with 6 hours of debate ahead of the evening's historic vote, saying "Today, as speaker of the House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States."

Article I - Abuse of Power passed 230-197.  Article II - Obstruction of Congress passed 229-198.

The Senate trial is expected in January 2020.

Congressman John Moolenaar released a statement following the impeachment proceedings.  Read it, in its entirety, here.

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12/15/19 Update 

Wayne State University board chair Kim Trent is joining Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration. The governor's office announced Thursday, Trent will start with the Department of Labor Economic Opportunity leadership team next month.

Self-driving food delivery robots are on the streets of Ann Arbor. Refraction AI launched its lunch delivery pilot program Thursday. The REV-1 delivery robots can carry six bags of food at a speed of 15 miles per hour.

A new report says Michigan is among the states that have the least amount of holiday cheer. Michigan is ranked number 41 on Century Link's new list that ranks every state from most to least Christmas Spirit.

A local animal organization is trying to find homes for the holidays for homeless pets. Grand Rapids-based Bissell Pet Foundation is hosting an Empty the Shelters "Holiday Hope" event this weekend. 

Work continues to repair a dock that collapsed Wednesday night leaving residents of Harsens Island stranded. The automobile ferry ran aground and a crane nearby struck a power pole bringing down a live wire.

An intersection that's caused problems in the past is getting a makeover. Grand Blanc Township will be installing a roundabout in 2021 at Grand Blanc Road and Embury Road, but they still need a temporary solution right now: traffic lights.

A PFAS informational open house and town hall will be held Thursday evening, at Grand Ledge Public Schools-Sawdon Administration Building. The open house starts at 5:30, followed by a public town hall at 6:30.

Love INC serving Wexford and Osceola counties needs steel-toed boots. The most commonly requested sizes are seven and five in women’s and nine and ten in men’s.

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