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US House sends Trump impeachment articles to Republican-led Senate

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-01-16 06:40

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (3rd L) speaks during a press conference in Washington DC, the United States, on Jan 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

WASHINGTON -- The US House of Representatives officially sent impeachment articles against President Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday evening to allow a trial to get underway. "As we make that history, we will be making progress for the American people," Pelosi said before signing the two impeachment articles at an engrossment ceremony.

Seven newly-appointed House managers, who will present the case against Trump at the upcoming Senate trial, then walked across the Capitol to deliver the charges to the Republican-led upper chamber.

They were met in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who received the impeachment articles but said the Senate would officially accept them on Thursday.

Hours earlier, the Democrat-run House passed a resolution to appoint and authorize the managers and to transmit impeachment articles to the Senate.

The US Capitol as reflected in a museum window is seen in anticipation of the House of Represenatives' transfer of articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump to the Senate in Washington, US, Jan 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

"Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats," Trump tweeted earlier on Wednesday.

"President Trump has done nothing wrong," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Wednesday, saying the president "expects to be fully exonerated."

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled House on charges of abusing power and obstruction of Congress in mid-December.

McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate trial on Trump impeachment is likely to get underway on Jan. 21, although the upper chamber is expected to transform into an impeachment court as early as Thursday.

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