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US House panel recommends Trump be impeached

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Filed on December 14, 2019 | Last updated on December 14, 2019 at 06.18 am
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(Agencies)

The impeachment article approved by the panel accuses Trump of abusing his power.

A Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Republican President Donald Trump on Friday, making it almost certain he will become the third US president in history to be impeached.

The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve an article of impeachment charging Trump with abusing the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate a possible rival in the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden. The panel also backed a second article charging Trump with obstructing Congress' investigation of the scandal.

The full House, where the Democrats hold a majority, is likely to approve the charges next week, completing the impeachment process and sending Trump for trial in the Senate within weeks. But the Republican-led chamber is unlikely to vote to find the president guilty and remove him from office.


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