Nancy Pelosi orders House of Representatives to begin impeachment of Donald Trump

5 December 2019, 14:47 | Updated: 5 December 2019, 15:24

The Democrats hope a vote on impeachment could take place before Christmas
The Democrats hope a vote on impeachment could take place before Christmas. Picture: PA Images
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

Nancy Pelosi has instructed the House of Representative to begin impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump.

The Speaker has announced that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, who is accused of breaking the law by pressuring Ukraine's leader to dig up damaging information on a political rival.

Ms Pelosi told the House: "Our democracy is what is at stake...the president leaves us no choice but to act."

She delivered the historic announcement as Democrats push toward an impeachment vote - possibly by Christmas.

“Sadly but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment," Ms Pelosi said.

Hearings have been taking place on Capitol Hill over the allegations
Hearings have been taking place on Capitol Hill over the allegations. Picture: PA Images

A call with the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July will play a major role in the proceedings, in which Mr Trump is accused of threatening to withhold aid from the country.

The Trump 2020 campaign team responded by saying that a fair trial will "expose The Swamp for what it is."

A statement said: "We are less than a year away from Election Day 2020 and Democrats can't possibly explain to the American people why they want to take the decision of who should be president out of the hands of voters.

"But impeaching the President has always been their goal, so they should just get on with it so we can have a fair trial in the Senate and expose The Swamp for what it is.

"Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schiff, and Hunter Biden should testify, and then we can get back to the business of our country."

President Trump responded himself in a series of tweets, declaring that Republicans have "never been more united" and "we will win!".

It follows a series of hearings held by the US House Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against the President.