President Donald Trump pictured leaving the White House just hours before he was impeached in a historic vote. Source: AP
A majority of US House of Representatives members have voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power, setting up a Senate trial on removing him from office.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 230 to 197 to make the 45th US president the third White House occupant in American history to be impeached.
The House is now voting on the second article of impeachment facing Mr Trump – for obstructing the congressional probe into his attempt to have Ukraine investigate his potential 2020 Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden.
From here, Mr Trump’s case will proceed to the Senate in January, where the Republican Party enjoys a comfortable 53-47 majority.
There, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts is expected to preside over his trial, representatives from the House will act as prosecutors, and the president’s attorneys will present his defence.
Two thirds of the Senate is needed to remove the president from office and, unless Republicans break ranks, Mr Trump is likely to be acquitted.