House of Representatives Just Impeached Trump. What’s Next?
The House of Representatives gathered at the Capitol Hill yesterday during a historic session of Congress to impeach President Donald J. Trump. Citizens across the nation watched in anticipation as the House approved of passing both articles of impeachment, which charged the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
No Republican Representatives voted in favor of impeachment during the course of the session yesterday, while all Democrats except two – Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey – voted in full support of passing impeachment articles. Independent party Rep. Justin Amash also supported the impeachment by voting yes to both articles. Democratic Presidential nominee and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted “Present” for both accounts.
In light of yesterday’s Congressional decision, Trump has become the third sitting president in U.S. history to have been impeached by the House of Representatives. Despite impeachment news circulating across the country last night, Trump still assured supporters in a rally he held in Michigan that “it doesn’t feel like we’re being impeached” and called Democrats “fools.”
So what’s next in the impeachment soap opera?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Chief Justice John Roberts would preside at the Senate trial, which is set to take place sometime next month. With Republican majority in the Senate (53-47), however, chances of the upper body of Congress approving the impeachment articles sent by the House may be slim. But first:
- A group of individuals will need to be picked to conduct the impeachment trial in the Senate.
- House will then formally deliver the impeachment articles to the Senate.
- The Senate will begin the impeachment trial, most likely sometime after January 6, according to Mitch McConnell.
- During the trial, House members will act as prosecutors, Senators will act as jurors, while the Chief Justice presides.
- Once the trial is over, a public vote will be conducted across the floor, which will ultimately decide President Trump’s fate in the Oval Office.
2019 may be seeing its end days, but this impeachment process is still far from over.