Trump to face impeachment vote after House panel approves charges Dec 15, 2019 0 1128 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump stood on the verge of impeachment on Friday after a House panel approved charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress, setting up a historic vote in the chamber next week.In a grave moment for a deeply divided nation, members of the Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve two articles of impeachment against the president for committing acts that met the constitutional threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The panel recommended by 23 votes to 17 that the Democratic-led House ratify both articles, ahead of a vote by the entire chamber that is expected to make Trump only the third US president in history to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.“Today is a solemn and sad day,” committee chairman Jerry Nadler said after the vote, which was called with surprising speed the day after a rancorous 14-hour debate.“Yet we must meet the challenge posed by a president who puts himself before the country, whose actions pose a direct threat to the integrity of our elections, and to the separation of powers that safeguard our liberty.” One article charges the president with abuse of power for conditioning $391 million in critical military aid and a White House meeting on Ukraine launching investigations into Democrats ahead of the 2020 presidential election.The other charges him with obstructing Congress for refusing to cooperate with the inquiry, a development Democrats say is unprecedented in American history.Nadler said the House will act “expeditiously” to vote on the charges.The chamber’s Rules Committee will convene Tuesday morning to lay out guidelines for the impeachment debate and eventual vote.Impeachment would trigger a January trial in the Senate, where the solid Republican majority is expected to protect the president by voting against conviction and removal.An ever-defiant Trump, who insists there is a witch hunt against him, called the panel’s impeachment vote “an embarrassment to our country.” He also insisted the divisive process will be “very good for me politically” as Americans face a presidential election next November.But while the White House said Trump looks forward to a fair trial and due process in the Senate, the president lashed out at Democratic “fools” and branded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “liar.” RELATED ARTICLES Protests rage as US, UK warn on travel to NE India Dec 15, 2019 0 1001 60,000 French homes without power lashed by heavy rains, winds Dec 15, 2019 0 269 Britain’s Johnson vows to repay trust of oppn voters Dec 15, 2019 0 216 Nine Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack: Official Ghazni: The Taliban have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks. The Afghan .. Pakistan police raid house of PM Khan’s nephew over hospital riots Lahore: Pakistan police raided the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew on Saturday in eastern Lahore, after a video emerged showing him taking part in deadly hospital riots days earlier. Three patients died .. UN climate dialogues unravelling, face failure AFP Madrid A UN climate summit in Madrid risked collapsing on Saturday after all-night negotiations between countries left them more divided than ever over on how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages. .. Britain’s royals seek social media chief for Queen Elizabeth II London: Britain’s royal family on Saturday advertised for a social media chief to promote the global “reputation and impact” of Queen Elizabeth II and other royals. The new “head of digital engagement” will lead a small .. Parliament to vote on ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal by Christmas London: British lawmakers will vote before Christmas on the Brexit deal that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with Brussels, he said on Saturday. “We’re going to get Brexit done,” Johnson told ..