The United States House of Representative have launched a formal impeachment enquiry against President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the Constitution by seeking foreign help to smear Democrat rival Joe Biden.
Let us see, how a U.S. Impeachment process works:
- 1. U.S. House of Representative: Any member can introduce a resolution of impeachment if they suspect the president is guilty of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors.
- 2. House Judiciary Committee: Normally votes on wether grounds for impeachment exists., but Democrats could appoint special committee to oversee process or move straight to house vote.
This is called “Simple Majority In House” where Democrats hold 235 seats in total of 435 and sends process to the senate.
- 3. Senate Trial: Chief justice of Supreme court presides, while House members forms persecution and senators acts as jury. The president can appoint defense lawyers.
- 4. Senate vote on impeachment: Democrats hold 47 seats in total of 100. Two thirds of majority required to remove the president from the office.
Vise president then takes over for the rest of the remainder of term.