Here’s What You Need To Know About Impeachment

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Here’s what you need to know about impeachment: All the ins and outs of the government.

As you may know, the democrats are considering two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. On December 13, The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the two articles, obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, to the Senate for a trial in 2020.

Impeachment is a political process – commonly confused with a criminal process. This means that the President cannot be arrested as a result of the formal process. The President, Vice President, and any civil officers of the United States can face impeachment. In this process, the President may be accused of wrongdoing. After the accusal, they move to charging the President with articles of impeachment.

The beginning of the process starts with the House of Representatives, in which anyone can make a suggestion for a formal investigation. In Trump’s case, House speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an official suggestion. After the suggestion is made, the speaker of the House determines whether or not to proceed with the investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

In the current impeachment proceedings, the House Intelligence Committee was tasked with the investigation, and both the House Intelligence Committee and the Judiciary Committee held formal hearings, before they announced two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

After the articles were announced, there was a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on whether or not to proceed with the articles. On December 13, the vote was 24-17, and the impeachment was passed onto a full House vote.

Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative announced articles of impeachment

The articles are passed with a majority vote in the full House of Representatives, meaning if just one of the articles gets more than 50% of a majority vote, the current president will be impeached for obstruction of Congress or abuse of power.

If the sitting president is impeached, it is passed onto the Senate for his removal. In this present trial, there needs to be a vote of 67 for the removal of Donald Trump. If this is not passed, the president is impeached but not removed.

Only President Johnson and Clinton have been impeached, and no President has ever been removed from office.

President Johnson (left), President Clinton (right)