U.S. House delivers two impeachment articles against Trump to Senate
Updated: 2020-01-16 07:02:53 KST
A day of high drama in Washington.
It was only considered a matter of time before it happened, but the U.S. House of Representatives has now officially sent two impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Yoon Jung-min.
Jung-min, tell us more about this historic move.
Mark, President Trump will be only the third president in U.S. history to face an impeachment trial in the Senate.
House managers delivered the articles to the Senate on Wednesday. Take a look.
"A few minutes ago, the Senate was notified that the House of Representatives is finally ready to proceed with their articles of impeachment. I'm confident this body can rise above short-termism and factional fever and serve the long term best interest of our nation."
Earlier, McConnell had criticized Democrats, claiming the impeachment came about due to partisanship.
In the vote on Wednesday, the House confirmed by 2-hundred-28 to 1-hundred-93 to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, with most members voting along party lines.
President Trump will face his Senate trial as early as next week on charges of 'abuse of power' and 'obstruction of Congress' over the Ukraine scandal.
Among the seven-member prosecution, the trial will be led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler.
Take a listen to Representative Schiff.
"And this time has given us the ability to show the American people the necessity of a fair trial to expose the degree to which McConnell is working hand in hand with the subject of the impeachment, the president, to essentially turn what should be a trial into a sham."
There are 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate, and they are expected to acquit President Trump.
So far, none of them have voiced support for Trump's removal from office.
The impeachment requires the approval of at least two-thirds of the Senate.
President Trump, again criticized the Democrats for trying to remove him.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Trump expects to be "fully exonerated" as he has done "nothing wrong".
Trump was impeached by the House over allegations he tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, by asking Ukraine's president to open a corruption investigation against his rival Joe Biden and his son.