The US House of Representatives has passed a motion to formally proceed with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The motion, or resolution as it is being called, details how the inquiry will move into a more public phase, with the first phase involving public hearings to be held by the House Intelligence Committee. The resolution was not a decision on whether to actually impeach the embattled President.
Just two Democrats, representing districts that Mr Trump won by a large margin in 2016, voted against the resolution, along with all Republicans, for a total count of 232 in favour and 196 against.
The motion also details the rights Mr Trump’s lawyers would have throughout the inquiry.
Broadly, President Trump is accused of attempting to engage in ‘quid-pro-quo’ with Ukraine by trying to pressure Ukrainian authorities into investigating unsubstantiated corruption allegations against a Democratic presidential candidate and political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma.
Trump denies wrongdoing and has again called this latest scandal ‘The greatest witch hunt in American history!”