Breaking: Donald Trump Becomes 3rd US President to be Impeached

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SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 19 – Donald Trump on Wednesday evening became the third president in US history to be impeached. The House passed both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Next, the trial will move to the Senate where a 2 third majority is needed to force Trump out of office. The Senate is dominated by Republicans

Both votes fell along party lines with nearly all Democrats voting for the charges and all Republicans against.

As voting took place, President Trump was addressing a campaign rally.

He told the crowd in Battle Creek, Michigan: “While we’re creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what’s going on.”

Below is the details of voting:

Article 1 of the resolution

Democrats 228

Republicans 195

Article 11 of the resolution

Democrats 229

Republicans 198

The White House released a statement saying that the president was “confident that he will be fully exonerated” in a Senate trial.

The proceedings on Wednesday began with members of Mr Trump’s Republican Party calling for votes on procedural issues in an effort to frustrate the process.

That was followed by a vote on the rules to be set out for the impeachment, which kicked off six hours of partisan debate on the merits of the two impeachment charges against President Trump.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, must settle on a team, known as “impeachment managers”, to make the case against Trump in a Senate trial to begin next month. Prime candidates are Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee chair, and Jerry Nadler, the judiciary chair. Another name to have been floated: Justin Amash, the Michigan independent who broke with the Republican party over Trump. His presence on the slate would confer some bipartisan credibility on the Democrats’ case.

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