It’s very heartbreaking that the media is misleading it’s followers instead of telling what is next amid the impeachment battle. Some media houses makes it looks like Donald Trump ceases to be president of America from today.
Reading comments on some news posts for the live views of the impeachment. It comes to light that people are very uneducated. So many people are saying things like, “thank God the president won’t be the president after today.” “The president is finally going to jail.”
Sorry folks, that’s not how impeachment works. Just because the House votes to impeach the president doesn’t mean he is officially out of office. Impeachment doesn’t necessarily mean being removed of office. Clinton was impeached and served 2 full terms. Removing from office is a Separate vote. Impeachment just limits quite a bit of power. The next step is going to the Senate.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress, making him just the third president to be impeached.
Yet what does this mean for the United States, the president and Congress going forward? Here are some key takeaways:
- Trump’s impeachment does not mean he’s removed from office: He can continue governing, as usual. If he’s convicted after a Senate trial, he’d be removed from office.
- The next step after impeachment is a Senate trial. The trial is expected to take place next year, but no one knows for certain how long it will take.
- The Senate has a Republican majority, and so far, no GOP senators have indicated that they would vote in favor of impeachment. It takes a vote of two-thirds of those present to convict and remove the president from office.
- The charges against Trump, or articles of impeachment, are related to his July phone call to the president of Ukraine, who he asked to investigate Democrats and his 2020 political rival Joe Biden.
- Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Richard Nixon chose to resign instead.
Possibility of Trump being removed from office?
Senate is controlled by the Republicans. The battle is still tough and still undecided. No party can conclude at this moment whether the president will be removed from office since humans are unpredictable but the odds for president Trump to remain in office is high. Like our very Friend puts it “the matter leaves the children’s table and goes to the grown ups for a fair hearing.”
In a Senate trial, you’ll not only need to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt, but also need a two-thirds majority for a “guilty” verdict to remove the President from office.