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US House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump

President Donald Trump waves upon arrival back to the White House from a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., early Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Washington. Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (KUNA) — US House of Representatives voted late Wednesday evening to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him the third president in US history to be impeached.
Lawmakers, who spent six hours debating the two articles of impeachment, voted 230-197 to impeach Trump on abuse of power, whereas 229-198 voted to impeach him on obstruction of Congress, while every Republicans voted against.
In a rally in Michigan, Trump, who now faces a trial in Senate, reacted to the impeachment vote, saying, “Every single Republican voted for us. We didn’t lose one Republican vote.
“The Republican Party has never been so affronted but they have never been so united as they are right now,” he added.
Furthermore, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement “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,” it stressed.
It reiterated that “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.
“Their boundless animus for President Trump fuels their desire to nullify the 2016 election results and improperly influence the 2020 election,” it stressed.
“The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings,” the statement noted.
“He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated.”
Following the impeachment vote, in remarks to reporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not specify when the impeachment articles will be delivered to Senate, saying “we’ll make that decision as a group, as we always have, as we go along.”
According to the Hill, Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer are planning to meet on Thursday “to discuss strategy for a Senate impeachment trial amid a debate over whether Democrats should hold back the articles of impeachment.”
For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that on Thursday morning, he will speak about “House Democrats’ precedent-breaking impeachment of the President of the United State”.

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