Donald Trump impeachment: House votes in FAVOUR of public impeachment inquiry

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution to proceed with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Democrats in the House of Representatives secured enough votes on Thursday to pass legislation setting up next steps in the fast-moving impeachment process. The vote was the first real test of support for the inquiry which was launched by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the end of September.

The impeachment inquiry explores whether Mr Trump pressured Ukraine into helping him in his 2020 re-election campaign, a claim the president denies.

The inquiry focuses on whether the US President asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

The investigation is probing whether Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain.

The vote was a victory for majority Democrats, who will control the investigation in the House.

It also gives them the ability to curb Republicans to subpoena witnesses and of White House lawyers to present witnesses.

The vote was a victory for majority Democrats, who will control the investigation in the House.

It gives them the ability to curb the ability of Republicans to subpoena witnesses and of White House lawyers to present witnesses.

The Democratic-controlled House voted by 232 to 196 to establish how to hold public hearings in Congress.

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President Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and branded the inquiry a sham.

House Democrats claimed Mr Trump abused the powers of his office for personal gain, by asking Mr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who had served as a director for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Key to the impeachment inquiry is a phone call at the end of July between Mr Trump and the Ukrainian President.

Biden is a leading candidate in the Democratic presidential nomination race to face the current US President in the November 2020 election.

If the House eventually votes to impeach Mr Trump, that would set up a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The US President would not be removed from office unless votes to convict him by a two-thirds margin.

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