Trump impeachment: All the latest updates

US President Donald Trump was impeached on Wednesday by the Democratic-led House of Representatives for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine.

Wednesday’s landmark votes on impeachment come after a more than two-month inquiry by House Democrats, who accuse the president of pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into the president’s political rival and former vice president, Joe Biden, who is also a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. They also charge that the president obstructed their investigation by refusing to comply with subpoenas and directing members of his administration to do the same.

Wednesday’s votes made Trump only the third president in United States history to be impeached.

The votes also set the stage for a likely trial in the Republican-led Senate in January. No president has ever been removed from office via the impeachment process set out in the Constitution, and Republican senators have given little indication of changing that.

As the impeachment aftermath unfolds, here are all the latest updates as of Wednesday, December 18:

Trump’s first tweet after impeachment vote

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Which Democrats voted against impeachment?

Two Democrats voted against impeachment, and one voted against the obstruction of Congress article.

Jeff Van Drew, who reportedly said he will switch parties, and Collin Peterson voted against both articles of impeachment. Jared Golden voted in favour of abuse of power, but against obstruction of Congress.

McConnell to speak Thursday morning

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Twitter that he plans to speak impeachment on Thursday at 9:30am (14:30 GMT).

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