Donald Trump news: Public hearing on impeachment investigation against Donald Trump begins

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Donald Trump news:The first public hearing on the impeachment investigation against US President Donald Trump began in Washington on Wednesday.

The US president is accused of pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation against his political rival Joe Biden and his son. The US president denies the allegations.

Top diplomat Bill Taylor and George Kent are among the first witnesses to appear before lawmakers in the House of Representatives. George Kent is in charge of US Ukraine policy.

He has accused Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Juliani of defaming US diplomats in Ukraine. He said Juliani's attacks disregarded the interests of the US and Ukraine and damaged the relations between the two countries.

Earlier, Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives, said the subject of the inquiry was whether the US president took advantage of Ukraine's weakness and invited him to intervene in the US elections.

As a result of this impeachment, the US president may be removed from office. But that will only happen if the House of Representatives imposes on them and the Senate approves it.

For the fourth time in American history, impeachment is being heard. For the third time, its proceedings are being shown on television.
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What is Impeachment?

Impeachment is a kind of investigation by which the US Congress president can be removed from his office.

Some people think that it has to remove the president but in fact it is a process of two phases which is done by two houses of Congress. Impeachment is the first step and the political process is the second step.

In the first phase, the leaders of the lower house, the House of Representatives, look at the allegations against the president and decide whether to formally accuse the president. It is called, "To further investigate the allegations of impeachment."

Subsequently, the upper house, the Senate, proceeding to the matter, investigates whether the president is guilty. If they are found guilty, they have to step down and take over the vice president in their place.

It is being said that impeachment may be passed in the lower house ie House of Representatives. But it needs a two-thirds majority to pass it in the Senate, and there is a huge majority of Republicans (Trump is the Republican president).

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How many presidents have brought against impeachment?

Impeachment was brought against only two presidents in American history, Andrew Johnson in 1886 and Bill Clinton in 1998, but he could not be removed from office.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon was accused of spying on one of his opponents. It was named the Watergate scandal.

But he resigned before running the impeachment because he knew the matter would reach the Senate and he might have to resign.