U.S. House delivers Trump impeachment articles to Senate
Updated: 2020-01-16 13:32:20 KST
President Donald Trump will be only the third president in U.S. history to face an impeachment trial in the Senate, as House managers delivered the articles to the Senate on Wednesday.
"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.
It's been nearly a month since the House approved the articles.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been holding off sending them to the Republican-controlled Senate, arguing the trial there would be "unfair".
During the House voting, it was also decided that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will be among the seven-member prosecution.
"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.
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.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.