#ImpeachTrump: Everything you need to know about his impeachment proceedings

Trump is now in serious hot water with his impeachment inquiry process formally announced on Tuesday night by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here's everything you need to know


Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry saying that “the President must be held accountable and no one is above the law,” following a meeting with her Democrat colleagues.

The significant move – and historic moment – comes following revelations about Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He claims that Trump pressured him into investigating former US vice president Joe Biden’s son – Joe Biden is running for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election in 2020.

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Scandal 

In more detail, the scandal revolves around whether Trump held back hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure its leader to investigate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden who once worked for a Ukrainian gas company. A whistleblower in the US intelligence community brought an internal complaint, reportedly about a “promise”  Trump made to Ukraine.

Trump has acknowledged that a meeting between the two took place, but denies the claim that he added pressure into an investigation.

..."[I will release] fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine.... You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!" he tweeted, hours before his impeachment was formally announced.

Following his impeachment announcement, Trump unleashed a series of angry tweets:

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What is impeachment?

Impeachment is the process by which a standing US official is formally charged with “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, according to Article Two of the United States Constitution.

To this date, no US president has been removed from office by impeachment. Two presidents, Bill Clinton, in 1998, and Andrew Johnson, in 1868, were impeached — though both were acquitted by the senate. Richard Nixon resigned before he was formally impeached.

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What happens next? 

First, US Congress vote to impeach. Though the announcement does not automatically mean that the House will vote to impeach Trump but the inquiry suggests that Pelosi is preparing for such a vote.

If Congress passes the vote by a majority, it will appoint members to act as ‘prosecutors’ in a subsequent Senate ‘trial’. Senators act as a jury on the president’s guilt, with the Attorney General as judge.

Impeachment will only remove a president from office if he is found guilty by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

Will Trump be impeached and removed from office?

It seems unlikely as Trump’s Republican Party controls the Senate, so any impeachment process would face considerable resistance...

But who knows?

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In the meantime, this, and other gems, are on Twitter:


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