U.S. House votes to impeach President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American President to be impeached.

Mr Trump is accused of withholding millions in military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president as bargaining chips to push Ukraine into investigating his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Democrats say this amounts to an abuse of presidential power.

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As the White House refused to allow staff to testify during impeachment hearings in the House, Democrats have also accused Mr Trump of obstructing Congress.

Trump, tweeting from the White House, used all capital letters and exclamation points to register his outrage: “SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!”

The decision does not mean he will be removed from office, as a trial in the U.S. Senate is expected to begin next year.

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