President charged

Markets unmoved as Congress votes to impeach Trump

Donald Trump: not worried

Markets in Asia were largely unmoved as the news of Donald Trump’s impeachment filtered out of Washington.

Mr Trump became only the third US president to be impeached – the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official.

Congress voted 230 to 197 to charge him with ‘abuse of power’ and 229 to 198 with ‘obstructing Congress’.

It sets up a formal trial in January in the Senate, although the overwhelming view is that the Republican-dominated second chamber will ensure Mr Trump is exonerated.  A two-thirds majority of those present in the 100-member chamber would be needed to convict Mr Trump.

The impeachment vote capped off a three-months investigation into the president’s actions in regard to the Ukraine.

“A great day for the constitution of the United States,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the votes concluded. 

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