US House of Representatives launches Trump impeachment debate
The US House of Representatives has started debating the charges facing US President Donald Trump ahead of a divisive impeachment vote later on Wednesday.
The debate is expected to last six hours, according to House rules.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump gave legislators no choice but to pursue impeachment.
Pelosi made the comments as she opened the six-hour debate on the articles of impeachment against Trump.
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution to rein in President Donald Trump's ability to engage in future military action against Iran, days after he ordered a drone attack that killed a top Iranian commander.
Trump had not consulted with Congress before Soleimani's killing, and Democrats are calling Trump's decision to order the attack reckless
But the resolution which requires congressional approval is non-binding.
The Senate is expected to debate a similar resolution.
Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC. The fallout from the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has reached the UN Security Council and the US House of Representatives.
They are debating after Iran dismissed US calls to negotiate.
While US President Donald Trump backed away from a further military confrontation on Wednesday, Congress is trying to limit his ability to wage war.
But the message in Iran is defiant. A senior Revolutionary Guard Commander is warning of further missile attacks on US forces in the region.
Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports live outside the US House Chambers on Capitol Hill.
For reaction from the Oval Office, Al Jazeera's White House correspondent Kimberly Halkett reports (2:34).
Joseph Ura, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in Qatar, offers his analysis in Doha (5:50). The US House of Representatives says it will hand over the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday.
The House impeached Trump last month on charges of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden and charges of obstructing Congress.
The issue of voting to call on witnesses is also being hotly debated.
Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC. The US House of Representatives has delivered the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, making him the third leader to face such proceedings in the history of the United States.
Trump is being impeached for abuse of power and obstructing Congress when he allegedly tried to get Ukraine to obtain information that would damage his political rival, Joe Biden.
New evidence has emerged that could further damage Trump's case but Republican Senators need to agree to allow that to be heard in the proceedings.
Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.