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Donald Trump third impeached U.S. president

Christian Fernsby |
Donald Trump has become the third U.S. president to be impeached.

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The House of Representatives voted to impeach on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after hours of debate.

However minutes after the crucial votes the process was thrown into confusion when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to say when or whether she would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

She said there needed to be clearer picture of how the Senate would conduct proceedings and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were negotiating over the conduct of the trial.

Ms Pelosi defended the decision to impeach the 45th president, saying: "I view this vote as something that we did to honour the vision of our founders to establish a republic, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to defend our democracy and that republic, and the aspirations of our children that they will always live in a democracy and that we have tried to do everything we can to make sure that is their reality."

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