Donald Trump Impeached By The House, Here's What Happens Next
US President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House but it doesn't mean he will be removed from office. Here's what will happen next in the saga.
Trump has become the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a Senate trial that will decide whether he will keep his job.
The House has voted in favour to impeach on two charges, the accusation that Trump abused his power as president and the obstruction of Congress.
Nearly all House Democrats voted for the charges, while nearly all Republicans were against.
While the accusations are serious, Trump has made light of the Democrats successful bid to impeach him.
It "doesn't really feel like we're being impeached," he said in front of a cheering crowd in Michigan.
“We did nothing wrong and we have tremendous support in the Republican Party like we’ve never had before.”
As the House spent hours debating the two articles of impeachment, Trump aired his grievances on Twitter.
"Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible thing," Trump tweeted. "Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!"
Trump had a relatively light schedule as the house debate unfolded.
"Today, as speaker of the House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States," Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared earlier on the House floor.
It is tragic that the president's reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.
Once the six-hour-long debate over the articles concluded, the House voted on each -- the result being Trump being charged with two articles of impeachment related to the accusations detailed below.
The Accusations Against Trump
The votes are the culmination of months of investigation into the president's efforts to pressure the government of Ukraine to announce investigations that would benefit him politically, including a probe into a company that employed the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the president's chief potential rivals in his 2020 reelection bid.
The number of Democratic members who said they will vote to impeach the president surpassed the majority threshold needed for passage, paving the way for Trump's impeachment.
Trump joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the only presidents to be impeached since the adoption of the Constitution in 1788. Johnson was impeached in 1868 and Clinton in 1999, and both were acquitted in Senate trials.
Trump Is Impeached. Now What?
The passing of the majority vote means the president has been "impeached."
Impeachment, however, is not the same as removal from office. The process will now move to the Senate.
The Senate will decide the fate of the accused president, with the chief justice overseeing the proceedings. Conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds vote — or 67 votes out of 100 senators. Democrats, who hold 47 seats, would need 20 of the current 53 Republican senators to agree with them on the impeachment charges. If convicted, the defendant is immediately removed from office.
In this hypothetical scenario, Vice President Mike Pence would become president however the White House has said it is confident that the Senate will exonerate Trump in a trial.
"Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our nation. Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the president through the House of Representatives," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham claimed.
"The president is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, all of which were ignored in the House proceedings. He is prepared for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated," she said.
With AAP/ With CBS News.