Donald Trump’s impeachment journey Begins

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The impeachment trial of the United States President, Donald Trump has entered its official stage with the swearing in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as well as all present members of the US Senate.

The articles – which could see him booted out of the White House – charge the president of secretly holding up $391 million in aid to Ukraine between July and September to pressure Kiev to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner in this year’s White House race and obstruction for holding back witnesses and documents from the House impeachment investigation in defiance of Congressional subpoenas.

The US House of Representatives voted to submit the articles against the president to the Senate by 228 votes to 193.

The seven House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against the President marched the articles from the House to the Senate, beginning the ceremonial functions of the impeachment trial in which senators will decide whether Trump should be removed from office.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and the lead impeachment manager, read the articles in the chamber. After Roberts swore in the senators, each member of the chamber came forward and signed the oath book on the floor of the Senate.

The outcome of the trial is all but determined, as the two-thirds vote required to remove the President would need 20 Republican senators to break ranks. But that doesn’t mean the trial itself won’t have twists and turns — and potentially some surprises — as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell navigates the demands of his Senate conference, pressures from Democrats and the whims of Trump and his Twitter account.

This makes Mr Trump the third president in US history to face an impeachment trial.