The US House of Representatives voted on December 18 to impeach the sitting President, Donald Trump. Express.co.uk answers your questions about the ongoing impeachment proceedings against the American President.
On Wednesday (January 15), the House sent two articles of impeachment to the US Senate.
At a press conference before the signing of the articles, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “Today we will make history.
“When the managers walk down the hall, we will cross a threshold in history – delivering articles of impeachment against the president of the United States for abuse of power and obstruction of the House.”
The president will face charges of abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
The president will also face another charge of obstruction of Congress, for blocking testimony and documents sought by Democratic lawmakers.
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Is Donald Trump impeached?
Mr Trump was formally impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18, 2019.
Mr Trump joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the only US presidents in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives.
However, before an impeached president can be removed from office, the Senate must also vote to impeach them.
In the cases of Mr Clinton and Mr Johnson, both were acquitted in the Senate.
What does this mean?
The Democrat-held House of Representatives voted to impeach Mr Trump late last year.
However, the US government is a two-chamber system, and before the President can be removed from office, the Senate will also need to vote to impeach him.
The Republicans currently have control of the Senate with 53 seats out of 100.
In order for the President to be impeached, there will need to be a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and members of Mr Trump’s party are unlikely to vote for his removal.
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Now the impeachment articles have formally been sent to the Senate by the seven impeachment managers who will oversee the upcoming trial.
The managers will be responsible for presenting a case to impeach Mr Trump before the Senate.
The trial will be overseen by US Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts.
An exact date for the trial is yet to be confirmed, but will be held in due course.
Is Donald Trump still president?
While impeachment proceedings are ongoing, Mr Trump is still the US president.
Depending on how the Senate votes, this may not be the case in a few months time.
However, it is unlikely the Republican-majority Senate will vote to remove Mr Trump from office.
But a televised trial may be very bad publicity for Mr Trump, who is seeking a second term in the US elections later this year.
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