The 45th U.S. President Donald Trump became only the 3rd President in the history of the country to be impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The 435 member house voted for his impeachment through simple majority.
Trump has been accused of pressurizing the leader of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Biden and his son, Hunter, have served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered a formal impeachment inquiry in September this year. After holding hours of debates, hearings and presentations of evidence the House finally decided to impeach the president on Wednesday.
Trump was impeached as per constitutional procedure on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Prior to Trump only two U.S. Presidents Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton in 1998 were impeached by the house.
What Next For Trump?
Trump would now face Senate Trial next month the date of which is not announced yet. In Senate, a 2/3rd majority of votes would be required to remove Trump from the office. This seems a bit unlikely at the moment.
The Senate at present is comprised of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who ally with the Democrats. For Trump to be removed 20 of his Republican party senators along with two independents would have to vote for the removal.
If Trump is voted out by Senate then Vice-President Mike Pence would automatically become the President and would complete the remaining term of Trump’s office which is due to expire in January 2021.