US House formalises Trump impeachment process in landmark vote

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks at a press conference at the US Capitol.

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks at a press conference at the US Capitol.

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WASHINGTON - The process to impeach US President Donald Trump has passed the first stage.

Democrats in the House of Representatives have secured enough votes to pass a law setting up next steps.

The vote's the first formal test of support for the inquiry that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched in September.

READ: Trump and US Democrats jockey for position in deepening impeachment battle

The impeachment inquiry focuses on whether Trump pressured Ukraine into helping him in his 2020 re-election campaign.

House Democrats say he abused his office for personal gain and jeopardised national security.

But Trump denies wrongdoing and is calling the inquiry a sham.

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