The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to continue the process of political trial against Donald Trump. With a vote of 232 votes in favor and 196 against, it has been approved to investigate what the Democrats say is an abuse of power of the Republican president, who pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate private activities carried out in the Slavic nation by the son of Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for next year's elections.
According to international agencies, all indications suggest that the House of Representatives will formally vote on the articles of political judgment against Trump, possibly before the end of the year. However, a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate controlled by the Republicans would be needed to condemn the president and remove him from office, something practically impossible.
The resolution passed yesterday authorizes a series of measures and inaugurates a new phase in the process of political trial initiated on September 25 by the Democratic representatives. The resolution authorizes the Intelligence Committee to publicize a dozen witness hearings, among which the former National Security Secretary, John Bolton, and the principal lawyer of the National Security Council, John Eisenberg.RELATED
"Nobody comes to Congress to accuse a president," said House of Representatives president Democrat Nancy Pelosi, just before the vote, adding that lawmakers had a duty to "protect the United States Constitution." Trump reacted immediately to the decision of Democratic lawmakers with a tweet in which he denounced "the greatest witch hunt in American history." Although the resolution gives Trump the right to defend himself, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham did not hesitate to define the newly formalized process as "a blatantly partisan attempt to destroy the president."