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    Trump impeached, to face trial in US Senate but expected to stay in power

    MANILA, Philippines – Voting almost entirely along party lines, the House of Representatives has impeached US President Donald Trump. They voted 230-197 to charge Trump with abuse of power and 229-198 to charge him with obstruction of Congress.
    Trump impeached, to face trial in US Senate but expected to stay in power

    Speaking on stage at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, when he learned of the news, Trump delivered the longest speech in his political career as he touted Republican unity in the impassioned 2-hour speech. He acknowledged the vote to impeach him but remains confident that Republican unity will uphold his position.

    Trump impeached, to face trial in US Senate but expected to stay in power
    Photo credit: Aljazeera

    “The Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter. They've been trying to impeach me from day one. They've been trying to impeach me from before I ran,” Trump told the cheering crowd.

    “While we're creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on.”

    The White House would also release a statement announcing that Trump was “confident that he will be fully exonerated”.

    With the Senate trial commencing after the New Year, political analysts believe that though Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives, that won’t be enough to get him out of his position. The US Senate, after all, is comprised of a majority of Republicans than Democrats; his political allies are expected to vote along party lines, just like what happened in the House.

    Trump impeached, to face trial in US Senate but expected to stay in power
    Photo credit: Aljazeera

    At a policy lunch on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators that the date for the start of the Senate trial will be announced by the end of the week, but this is expected to begin after the New Year.

    Charges against Trump

    Why was Trump impeached? The first charge of “abuse of power” stemmed from his alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations on Joe Biden, his Democratic political rival. With that, it was expected that the House would vote based on party lines; though two Democrats actually opposed – Michigan's Collin Peterson and New Jersey's Jeff Van Drew who’s set to leave the party, anyway.

    The second charge of “obstruction of Congress” stems from Trump’s alleged refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry as well as barring his aides from giving evidence and also personally withholding documentary evidence. Again, the House voted along party lines but one Democrat opposed, Maine’s Jared Golden.

    Though impeached, Trump is likely going to stay in power. But he is making history as the third of the US presidents to be impeached, alongside Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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