Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has been impeached by the United States House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Naija News reports that Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives at exactly 8:23 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday following a fierce debate and vote on two articles of impeachment against him after weeks of testimony related to his dealings with Ukraine.
This online news platform understands that the House voted 230-197 to impeach Trump for abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine and voted 229-198 for obstruction of justice. Both articles of impeachment were passed.
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who kicked off formal impeachment debate on Wednesday, in a lengthy speech called impeachment “one of the most solemn powers this body can take.”
“No member, regardless of political or party, comes to Congress to impeach a president,” said Pelosi.
Speaker Pelosi noted that Trump had pursued an “improper personal benefit” at “the expense of our national security,” which “gave us no choice” but to impeach.
“If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duties,” Pelosi added.
Naija News reports that the now impeached American President was alleged to have blocked the payment of a congressionally mandated $400 million military aid package to obtain quid pro quo cooperation from, Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. He later released the aid package.
The US President was accused to have pressured Ukrainian President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter over Hunter’s involvement with the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.
President Trump also reportedly asked President Zelensky to look into the conspiracy theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 United States election.
However, the US President denied wrongdoing, noting that his interest in launching the investigations was legitimate because he wanted to eradicate corruption. He described the impeachment inquiry as “sham” and “hoax”.
Before his impeachment on Wednesday, December 18, Trump again denied any wrongdoing, tweeting: “I DID NOTHING WRONG”
“Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!”
Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2019
Source: Naija News