18 February 2020,   19:50
House passes resolution that lays out formal rules of the Trump impeachment inquiry

House Democrats passed a resolution outlining the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

The 232-196 vote passed nearly along party lines, with no Republicans voting for the resolution. Two Democrats joined Republicans in voting against it.

The measure, which sketches out guidelines for public hearings in the inquiry and the president’s participation in the process, marks the first time lawmakers’ votes will be counted on matters related to the Trump impeachment process.

In a blistering statement, the White House said that the vote by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic caucus does “nothing more than enshrine unacceptable violations of due process into House rules”.