"We did nothing wrong." On three occasions Donald Trump repeated that phrase on Wednesday while the US House of Representatives passed the political trial against him.
On the night he became the third president in his country's history to face an impeachment, Trump was at a rally in the city of Battle Creek (Michigan, northeast) and there he made his first statements about the historic decision of the legislators
"It is a political suicide for the Democratic Party," he said, in a clear reference to the presidential elections that will be held in November 2020 and in which his re-election is played.RELATED
"I'm not worried," he said.
The Lower House (of a Democratic majority) approved to subject Trump to an impeachment by 230 votes in favor and 197 against by abuse of power, and by 229 in favor and 198 against by obstruction to Congress.
The Democratic leader in Congress, Nanci Pelosy, said the president had left them no choice.
"The radical left in Congress is consumed by envy, hatred and anger, you see what is happening. These people are crazy," Trump replied after knowing the first voting data.
Only two previous American presidents have been subjected to an impeachment in the country's history: Andrew Johnson, in 1868; and Bill Clinton, in 1998.
"The process has been devalued"
Trump considered that the House of Representatives was "trying to cancel the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans" and, as on previous occasions, he called the impeachment illegal.
"They have devalued the process (…) now anyone who becomes president (…) can have a call and can submit to political trial. (…) It is precisely what the founding fathers (of the Constitution) they didn't want it to happen, "Trump said.
The impeachment process against Trump originated from an investigation into an alleged attempt by the president to use US military aid to Ukraine to pressure the government of that country to open an investigation against Joe Biden, one of the Democratic Party leaders with more options to dispute the presidency in the 2020 elections.
The origin of the entire process was the complaint of an unidentified intelligence official, who wrote a letter expressing concern over a phone call on July 25 between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.
A transcript of the call revealed that Trump had urged President Zelensky to investigate allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden.
To this accusation is added the refusal of the White House to collaborate with legislators during the impeachment investigation process, which gave rise to accusations for obstruction of Congress.
In front of a dedicated audience, Trump also insisted on Wednesday that his popularity remains high and said he enjoys the support of his party "like never before."
"It really doesn't feel like they are prosecuting us. The country is better than ever."
Trump supporters who gathered in Battle Creek sang slogans against Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, the driving force behind the process.
On Tuesday, the US president sent a harsh letter against Pelosi accusing her of declaring "an open war against democracy in the United States."
The Democrat described the letter as "ridiculous."
What will happen now?
After the vote on Wednesday, the impeachment passes to the Senate, where the political trial will be held, which is expected to take place in January.
The US Constitution states that during this process the senators will act as a jury, while a group of members of the House of Representatives will have the role of accusers.
The president of the Supreme Court, Judge John Roberts, will lead the trial.
In the end, a public vote must be taken. For there to be a conviction and Trump is dismissed they must vote against him more than two thirds of the senators (67%).
The members of the Senate must agree on the most important rules of the trial, such as the presentation of witnesses, the type of evidence that will be accepted or the duration of the trial.
The most recent modern example was the impeachment against Bill Clinton in 1998, when the presentation of new evidence was not allowed and only prerecorded testimonies of key witnesses were accepted.
Late in the day, the White House published a statement in which he said the president was "sure he will be totally exonerated" at the Senate trial.