These are the accusations that weigh against Donald Trump. Photo: AFP
The US House of Representatives approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against President Donald Trump, opening the way for a Senate trial for his removal.
The lower house, controlled by the Democratic opposition, thus made Trump the third president in the history of the United States to be brought to political trial, after Andrew Jonhson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
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Trump was accused of abusing his position by asking Ukraine to investigate his possible electoral rival in 2020 Joe Biden, and to block lawmakers' efforts to investigate his actions.
The lower house, of 435 members, approved the first position by 230 votes in favor and 197 against, while the second was adopted by 229 to 198.
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Trump will face a Senate trial, where at least 67 votes are needed to remove him from office. This is unlikely to happen since in the upper house their Republican allies hold 53 of the 100 seats.
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