NEW DELHI: The United States president Donald J Trump was finally impeached following the Wednesday’s voting over two charges in which Democrats said that their duty was to protect the constitution.
Trump was charged for abusing the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election while the second charge was related to the obstruction of Congress in a probe.
The first charge was the abuse of power in which Trump’s allegedly attempted to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
The impeachment was passed by 230 votes to 197. Two Democrats— New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson opposed.
The other charge was the obstruction of Congress since Trump allegedly refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry, withholding documentary evidence.
It passed by 229-198. Democrat Jared Golden of Maine opposed the second charge.
In January next year, a trial is expected in the Senate, and two-thirds votes are necessary for conviction.
Democrats hold a majority in the House while Republicans control the Senate, which is unlikely to oust Trump.