Independent Minded Reporter: The United States House of Representatives have impeached embattled president of the United States of America, Mr. Donald J. Trump.
He was impeached after Congressmen debated two articles of impeachment on Wednesday, one of abuse of power and the other of obstruction of Congress. Both relate to Mr Trump’s behaviour in the Ukraine investigations scandal.
The impeachment debate that later led to the impeachment was led by the US Judicial Committee.
Mr Trump impeachment becomes a thing of reality due to the Democrats having a majority in the House, making him only the third president in US history to suffer the ignominy.
Andrew Johnson, who took over the presidency after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, was impeached in 1868 after being seen as too sympathetic to the defeated Confederacy.
Bill Clinton was impeached after lying under oath about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998. Richard Nixon, who faced an impeachment push, resigned before a vote was held.
Impeachment – a device included in the US Constitution for removing government officials – does not guarantee Mr Trump’s departure from office.
That decision will be taken by the Senate, which is preparing to hold a trial on the matter in January.
The chance of removal from office is slim given 67 of the 100 senators would need to support the move, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to forgo their party allegiance and vote against the president.