On Wednesday and in a vote that was very closely divided along party lines, the House impeached President Donald Trump, making him the third president in American history to ever be impeached.
In its vote, the House yesterday passed both articles of impeachment, including misuse of power (defined as using its presidential powers for its benefit) and obstruction of Congress (by Ukraine obstructing investigations into its actions Through his perceived actions) involved.
President Trump wrote on Twitter today, “I got last night without a Republican vote with Do Nothing Dam on the continuation of the biggest Witch Hunt in American history.”
Wondering what will happen next? Well, before we move on (or raise our hopes), impeachment does not mean actual removal from office; It is a process by which charges are made against an officer. To date, no US president has been removed from office by impeachment and it is unlikely that Trump will give a Republican majority in either Senate.
Still, a lot will happen in the coming months – let’s offer a quick refresher. Now that the House has impeached Trump, the process falls almost entirely on the Senate who will likely conduct the trial in January. (McConnell has not yet finalized a date, but it is expected that a schedule will be done by the end of this week, sources have told ENN.)
What Happens Now That President Trump Has Been Impeached?
The constitution does not provide much for a Senate trial, meaning that almost everything that happens by this point is speculative (although we have some kind of precedent during impeachment.
Here we know for sure: According to the Constitution, the Senate would serve as gamblers, with many House lawmakers acting as “managers” (effectively, prosecutors, who have yet to publicly name Pelosi Are. They are likely to come from the House Judiciary. Committee, however), and should have a two-thirds majority on whether to be removed from the presidency. If the Senate were to rule in favor of his removal from office, the Senate could also vote on whether Trump could run for any office again.
Much uncertainty lies here: for one, most members of the Senate will have to agree on the test rules before proceeding, which was likely not in favor of the Democrats. For example, an important decision that must be decided is whether witnesses will be called during this trial. (As the Washington Post reported, McConnell wants no witnesses to come forward and shorten the trial by voting after opening statements. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is likely close to Trump Would like to call those officers who may or may not.)
What will Trump do to remove him from office? Well, currently, the Senate has 45 Democrats and 53 Republicans (and two independent, caucuses with both Democrats). It should take at least 20 Republicans to swing their vote to remove Trump, which, again, is very unlikely.
Still, it would be one hell of a test, given that both current and former presidential candidates, who have taken a critical look at Trump during their campaigns, Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado, Senator Corey Booker of New Jersey, California Will be present. Senator Kamala Harris, Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.