US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House of Representatives is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“Our democracy is what is at stake,” Ms Pelosi said. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.”
Ms Pelosi delivered the historic announcement as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly by Christmas.
With sombre tones, drawing on the Constitution and the Founding Fathers, Ms Pelosi stood at the speaker’s office at the Capitol and said she was authorising the drafting of formal charges “sadly but with confidence and humility”.
“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” she said.
“He is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardising the integrity of our elections.
“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she said.