US house formalises impeachment process

US house formalises impeachment process


The US Congress formally opened a new, public phase of its presidential investigation Thursday as US lawmakers voted for the first time to advance the impeachment process against Mr. Donald Trump.

'Today, the House takes the next step forward as we establish the procedures for open hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee so that the public can see the facts for themselves,' the House Speaker,Ms.  Nancy Pelosi, said shortly before the vote.

The chamber voted largely along party lines, 232 to 196, to formalise the process, which also provides for opportunities for Mr. Trump's counsel to cross-examine witnesses.