Look Back 2019: Trump impeached as US remains divided ahead of 2020 polls

US President Donald Trump maintains he did nothing wrong and has called the impeachment inquiry a witch hunt by a party that wants to undo his electoral victory in 2016.
US President Donald Trump maintains he did nothing wrong and has called the impeachment inquiry a witch hunt by a party that wants to undo his electoral victory in 2016.PHOTO: NYTIMES

President Donald Trump became the third American president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, which voted to formally charge him last Wednesday.

The first article of impeachment charged Mr Trump with abusing his office by suspending military aid and withholding a White House meeting until Ukraine announced what would have been a politically damaging probe into his rival, Democratic front runner Joe Biden.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline 'Trump impeached as US remains divided ahead of 2020 polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe