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Donald Trump becomes the third US President to be impeached

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What is Impeachment?

  • The founders of the USA feared the abuse of power by the president and hence included the procedure in the Constitution for removing them from the office.
  • The president under the Constitution can be removed from power for Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes or Misdemeanors.


The Flashback of Developments:


The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a former inquiry and an investigation thus initiating the Impeachment process.

31 OCT

A public hearing was initiated by the Intelligence and Judiciary Committee as the House approved the rules laid out for the inquiry.

11-13 DEC

The 2 articles of impeachment formalized-abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

18 DEC

The House voted in favor of the impeachment and created history by forcing a Senate trial only for the third time in the history of the US.


Trump Faced Impeachment on 2 Grounds:

  1. Abuse of Power: He is accused of asking Ukraine to start a corruption investigation against Joe Biden, former US vice-president and Democratic contender in the upcoming 2020 US Presidential election.
  2. Obstructing Congress: He is also accused of creating obstructions for Congress from the investigation of this case.


The Procedure Ahead:

  • The House of Representatives forms a Judiciary Committee.
  • Both sides of the case are now supposed to present their arguments in the trial while the witnesses and pieces of evidence will be cross-checked.
  • The Senate will also hold a closed-door deliberation before the voting begins on each of the articles of impeachment separately.


The Final Verdict:

  • For the conviction of the Senate, two-thirds of the majority is necessary.
  • If the President is convicted in the procedure, the Vice-President will hold the role of the President for the rest of the term.
  • However, the chances are rare that Donald Trump will be convicted as the Republican Party is in the majority- 53 of 100 members.


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