This comes after the House announced earlier this week that it will vote on Wednesday to send impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate and continue the trial.
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Trump impeachment charges.The US House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing President Donald Trump to send two articles on impeachment to the Senate.
With a vote of 228-193, the House of Representatives also approved seven House Democrats who will be "managers" in the Senate trial of President Trump.
According to a statement by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this day, Congressman Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Jason Crow, Zoe Lofgren and Sylvia Garcia will be "managers" in the impeachment proceedings.
The vote followed a debate in which Democrats accused Trump of rigging the 2020 presidential election by asking Ukraine to investigate its political rival - and former vice president - Joe Biden and then keep American funds in the country.
"By withholding funds from Ukraine in exchange for personal and political gain he [Trump] crossed the threshold. He left us no choice," said House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the majority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said he expected the trial to begin on January 21 under the presidency of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Meanwhile, a senior AFP administration official said Trump's impeachment trial is likely to end within two weeks.
"I think it is extremely unlikely that he will be out within two weeks," the agency official said, on condition of anonymity.
On December 18, the Democratic House impeached trump for abuse of power in connection with attempts to force Ukraine to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and prevent Congress from cooperating with the impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives. Trump denied any wrongdoing by calling the impeachment a "hoax" and "witch hunt.
"This is a political impeachment," said Doug Collins, a Republican from the House of Representatives.
"We have shown that they have no facts." But it doesn't matter, because the train is on the rails, and this is the 2020 presidential election," Collins said in his speech.
Pelosi delayed sending articles on impeachment to try to put pressure on Republicans in the Senate to ensure a fair trial in the Senate.
In the nearly four weeks since the House of Representatives approved the impeachment articles, several Republican senators have indicated their willingness to take into account Democrats' demands for new witnesses and documents.
"We always felt some urgency about this impeachment, given that the president was trying to get foreign assistance in fraud in the next election," said Adam Schiff, a leading Democrat who participated in the House impeachment inquiry.
That time was very effective not only to shed light on new facts - and the evidence was already overwhelming - but also to get the senators to set a record. Whether they want a fair trial, a fair trial for the president and the American people, or they'll be involved in a cover-up," said Schiff, who will be leading the House.