- President Vladimir Putin dismissed the notion that US President Donald Trump could be removed from office
- The Russian leader says the impeachment of Trump by the US House of Representatives was based on fabricated charges
- Putin notes that the Democratic Party pursued impeachment for purely political reasons, having lost the presidential election in 2016
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President Vladimir Putin of Russia has dismissed the notion that US President Donald Trump could be removed from office. Putin based his comments on the fact that the Republican-led US Senate is unlikely to remove a president from their own party.
The Russian president made the statement on Thursday at his annual news conference in Moscow, The UK Independent reports.
Putin told his audience that the impeachment of Trump by the US House of Representatives was based on fabricated charges.
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The Russian leader said the Democratic Party pursued the impeachment for purely political reasons having lost the presidential election in a shock 2016 upset. He predicted that the impeachment motion would be rejected by the Senate.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives of the United States of America over abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The members of the US House of Representatives voted 230 in favour of removing Trump against 197 for him not to be impeached on the first article of impeachment - abuse of power.
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On the second article, which is obstruction of congress, the federal lawmakers voted 229 to 198 for Trump to be impeached.
With this, Trump becomes the third president to be impeached in the United States. The president was accused of using his office to coerce a foreign government into attacking his political rival.
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