The impeachment debate against U.S President Donald Trump has started.
The full House of Representatives is now debating the articles of impeachment and the process is slated to last six hours.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who spoke on the House floor at the start of the debate Wednesday evening began by reading the salute on the US flag, saying the republic for which it stands is what was being talked about today.
Ahead of debate, the House clerk read the text of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The two articles are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The six hours allotted for the debate will be divided equally by Democrats and Republicans.
The timing of the debate could easily slide depending on Republican requests for procedural votes. Such votes would stop the debate clock.