The United States House of Representatives voted largely along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump for the obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. President Trump is only the third president in US history to be impeached by the full House. This Historic votes on impeachment comes after a more than two-month inquiry by House Democrats.

Former Vice President and 2020 candidate Joe Biden reacts for this impeachment.
“President Trump abused his power, violated his oath of office, and betrayed our nation. This is a solemn moment for our country. But in the United States of America, no one is above the law – not even the President,” Biden tweeted.
Trump is impeached after the Democratic-led House passes the abuse of power article of impeachment on a largely party-line with a 230-197 vote. The House is proceeding with a vote on the second article of impeachment charging him with obstruction of Congress.

All but two Democrats supported the article on abuse of power, which accused Mr. Trump of corruptly using the levers of government to solicit election assistance from Ukraine in the form of investigations to discredit his Democratic political rivals. Republicans were united in opposition. It passed 230 to 197, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling the vote to a close from the House rostrum.
On the second charge, obstruction of Congress, a third Democrat joined Republicans in opposition. The vote was 229 to 198.

On Wednesday, Democrats characterized his impeachment as an urgent action to stop a corrupt president whose misdeeds had unfolded in plain view from damaging the country any further.

What is he accused of doing wrong?
President Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine to dig up damaging information on one of his main Democratic challengers for the presidency in 2020, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

Hunter worked for a Ukrainian company when Joe Biden was US vice-president.

The president is accused of dangling two things as bargaining chips to Ukraine – withholding $400m of military aid to Ukraine that had already been allocated by Congress, and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president.

This, Democrats say, amounts to an abuse of presidential power, using the office for personal political gain and to the detriment of national security. Ukraine was using that money in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

What is impeachment anyway?
To impeach, in this context, means to bring charges in Congress that will form the basis for a trial.

It’s important to note this is a political process, rather than a criminal one.

What is impeachment anyway?

To impeach, in this context, means to bring charges in Congress that will form the basis for a trial.

The US constitution states a president “shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors”.

It’s important to note this is a political process, rather than a criminal one.

What is the process?

It happens in two stages. Proceedings have to be started by the House of Representatives.

A vote to impeach only needs a simple majority to pass and if it does, the process then moves to the Senate where a trial is held.