The Trump Impeachment

How Does Impeachment Work?


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The Trump Impeachment

Victorianna Beels, Copy Editor/ Business Manager

   On December 18, 2019, President Donald Trump officially became the third president in history to be impeached. Although this fact is technically true, it makes the actual situation incredibly confusing for somebody who does not understand how this process works. Taking into consideration that this is the third time in history of this happening, not many really know how the impeachment process works.

   The impeachment process starts with the House of Representatives. The house creates and approves the article(s) of impeachment against the current standing president. If the articles of impeachment are approved by the House with a 50% vote, the current running president officially becomes impeached.

   After the House approves of the impeachment articles, the current standing president will face a trial in the Senate, where a ⅔ vote is required to remove the president from office. Although this is a possibility, this has never happened.

   The first president to be impeached was the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. In 1868, Johnson was tried on eleven articles of impeachment including high crimes and misdemeanors. Johnson, just barely missed the ⅔ vote required by the senate for him to be removed from office.

   The next president to follow the impeachment of Johnson was President Bill Clintion in 1998. Clintion was charged with obstruction of office, but again, was not removed by the senate.

   This leaves our newest addition to the impeachment list, current president Donald Trump, who has been tried on abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

   Although Trump has been impeached, he will not be removed from office until the Senate meets to vote on whether he is guilty or not guilty. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has announced that she is holding off sending the articles to the Senate until she believes that they’ll establish procedures to ensure that there will be a fair hearing against President Trump. Once the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, they are to go to trial to determine whether Trump will be the first president to be exiled from office.