WASHINGTON – A resolution has been passed in the Unites States House of Representatives to formally proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The measure details how the inquiry will move into a more public phase.
It was not a vote on whether the president should be removed from office.
This was the first test of support in the Democratic-controlled House for the impeachment process, according to a story by the BBC.
The White House condemned the vote, which passed along party lines.
Only two Democrats – representing districts that Trump won handily in 2016 – voted against the resolution, along with all Republicans, for a total count of 232 in favour and 196 against.
The resolution also sets out due process rights for Trump’s lawyers under the congressional inquiry.
The Republican president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son who worked with Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing.