Threat of 'civil war' from Republican representative after Donald Trump impeachment inquiry gets green light

A Republican lawmaker has warned of "civil war" after the House of Representatives voted in favour of an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The vote passed 232 to 196 with no Republican votes and just two Democrats voting no. 

Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert gave an impassioned speech following the vote, likening it to a "coup".

"It's about to push this country to a civil war if they were to get their wishes. And if there's one thing I don't want to see in my lifetime, I don't want to ever have participation in, it's a civil war," he told the House on Thursday.

The investigation will likely take months.

Trump is accused of allegedly launching an extortion scheme against Ukraine to force it into helping him get re-elected in 2020. 

It's alleged the US President withheld military aid from the country to get it to mount a corruption probe against election rival Joe Biden's son Hunter, reports The Guardian.

The inquiry will now move into the public eye, giving voters the chance to hear evidence against Trump.  

The President has called the inquiry "The greatest witch hunt in American history" and says the Democrats have nothing against him.

"They have nothing," Trump told Nigel Farage on Friday.

"We call them the do-nothing Democrats and it's really sticking."