Donald Trump became the third US president to be impeached after the House of Representatives yesterday charged him with abuse of power and obstructing congress.
The move by the Democrat-led House sets the stage for a trial next month in the Republican-controlled Senate, which could see Trump convicted and removed from office.
The House of Representatives voted 230-197 to approve the first article charging the president with abuse of power and 229 – 198 for the second charging him with obstructing congress.
However, the impeachment attempt is expected to be quashed in the Senate.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell – a Trump ally – is planning a trial for early next month and has assured the president that the senate will not vote to convict him.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham expressed confidence in a statement after the House vote that Trump would be “fully exonerated.”
At a campaign rally Trump condemned the impeachment vote, describing it as a “politicial suicide march” for the Democrat Party.