In the United States, House of Representatives has passed the impeachment motions against President Donald Trump with majority of votes. The two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — will now be sent to the Senate, where they will be tried.
The abuse of power article was passed on a 230-197 vote while the obstruction article was passed by 229-198. Donald Trump is the third President in US history facing impeachment. Addressing reporters at the Capitol shortly after the votes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it is “a great day for the Constitution of the United States; a sad one for America that the president’s reckless activities necessitated.”
The abuse of power article is centered on Trump’s multiple requests to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as well as claims that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that meddled in the 2016 election. Obstruction of Congress stems from Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the House proceedings and his insistence that his top officials do the same.
With both articles approved in the Democratic-controlled House, they will now be turned over to the Senate for a trial, where Republicans are expected to acquit the president of wrongdoing. The Republican-held chamber would need a two-thirds majority to remove Trump from office.
The House launched impeachment proceedings against Trump on Sept. 24 following claims by a whistle-blower that the commander-in-chief sought to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
Also at issue is the holdup of some $400 million in congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine and whether Trump conditioned its release and a possible Oval Office meeting with Zelensky on the Ukrainian president publicly announcing the investigations.
The House had previously voted only twice on articles of impeachment against a sitting president. Presidents Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998) were acquitted in Senate trials. Trump now becomes the third president to face impeachment articles in the Senate.
Richard Nixon stepped down from office in 1974 to avoid his removal as part of the Watergate scandal.
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