WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress began on Wednesday the historic session in which it will vote if President Donald Trump starts a political trial for abuse of power and obstruction of the legislature, which will inevitably leave his presidency.
The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, asked the Democrats – who have enough votes to put Trump on trial – to attend the session 'to exercise one of the most solemn powers granted by the Constitution'.
"During this moment of deep devotion in the history of our nation, we must fulfill our oath to defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and internal," Pelosi said in a letter on the eve.RELATED
As soon as the session began, the Republicans tried to stop her.
"So that we stop wasting time in the country, I motion that the Chamber suspend the session," said Rep. Andy Biggs, who chairs the ultra-right Freedom Block.
He forced a sung vote, in the first of the planned attempts during the day to delay the process. Defeated the nation, the Republicans tried to put a condemnation on the actions of the Democratic presidents of the commissions for the way the pre-voting hearings were held on Wednesday.
Trump, who will go down in history as just the third American president to be subjected to a political trial. On Tuesday afternoon he sent a wrathful wrath to Pelosi, accusing her of leading 'an ominous crusade' against her.
"When people remember this matter, I want them to understand and learn from it so that it never happens to another president in the future," Trump wrote.
On Wednesday morning, Trump continued his rants via Twitter: 'Can you believe that today I will be put to political trial by the Radical Left and the Waste Democrats and I DID NOTHING BAD? What a terrible thing. '
Pelosi, who had previously expressed his preference that the challenge is not something supported by only one party, however, has enough votes among the Democrats to pass the motion.
"Unfortunately, the facts clearly reveal that the president abused his powers for his personal and political benefit and that he obstructed Congress," Pelosi wrote to his co-religionists, calling them to come to the plenary on Wednesday.
"In the United States, no one is above the law," the leader continued. "At this bleak moment in our national history, we must respect our oath to defend the Constitution of all our enemies, whether external or internal."
The unusual motion to prosecute a president has divided Congress very similarly to how it has divided the nation. From Alaska to Florida, thousands of citizens took to the streets to demonstrate in favor of the impeachment on Tuesday night, from smaller towns to the bustling New York Times Square theater and shopping center. Protesters carried posters saying 'Save the Constitution' and 'Trump is a Criminal'.
Trump is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rivals and obstructing Congress because at all times he refused to cooperate with legislative investigations.
Most likely, the motion on political trial will be passed on Wednesday after about six hours of debate, but Trump will most likely be exonerated by the Senate, where Republicans are the majority.
The Associated Press journalists Laurie Kellman, Matthew Daly, Alan Fram and Aamer Madhani in Washington, D.C., and David Sharpe in Maine contributed to this report.