The House of Representatives on Wednesday, formally impeached the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump becomes the third US president in history to be impeached after former US President, Andrew Johnson, and Bill Clinton in 1998.
According to reports the Democratic-led House voted in favour of two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was accused of trying to extract political favours from Ukraine by withholding military aid.
The President who was absent at the impeachment deliberations held in Washington DC was in Michigan for a rally, while the lawmakers held their deliberations.
Trump himself confirmed the impeachment charges while he addressed supporters at the rally. Trump said, "While we're creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on,"
He added that the Democratic party was "trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans."
Responding to the news of his impeachment, he said, "I'm the first person to ever get impeached and there's no crime."
President Trump lamented the outcome stating that Democrats have "cheapened the impeachment process."
According to him, the presidency is a "sacred position." He added that "anybody that becomes president, they could have a phone call and they get impeached," which he said is contrary to what the founding fathers wanted.
In her response, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, described the impeachment as "tragic". She said, “his ‘reckless actions’ made this necessary.”
She added that “The president violated the Constitution. It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections: the basis of our democracy.”
According to her, "He (President Trump) gave us no choice." Pelosi described it as a "solemn" day and reiterated that it gives no Democrat joy to impeach the US president.
However, the White House has responded to the impeachment news in a statement issued by the White House spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, in a statement.
Grisham said, Trump "is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated in the Senate trial.”