Democrats have unveiled two impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump.
The American leader is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Announcing the charges, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler said Mr Trump “sees himself as above the law” and the president was being charged with “high crimes and misdemeanours”.
“He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security,” Mr Nadler added.
“Our next election is at risk… that is why we must act now.”
Stood with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Nadler said his committee would take up the articles later this week, the next step in a process that could ultimately lead to Mr Trump being removed from office.
The charges stem from the US president’s pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country.
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Ahead of Tuesday’s announcement, Mr Trump tweeted that impeaching a president with a record like his would be “sheer political madness!”
To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019