Well, it’s happened. After almost three tumultuous years that even the greatest minds in fiction couldn’t dream up, House Democrats have unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump. This makes him part of a unique little club — as of today, he becomes only the third President in the history of the United States to be formally impeached. Fun fact: contrary to popular belief, the two previously impeached Presidents are not Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. While the House Judiciary Committee did open an impeachment investigation into Richard Nixon, he resigned before he could be impeached. It was actually President Andrew Jackson who faced articles of impeachment in 1868 for his firing of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, although Jackson was acquitted. His impeachment received one vote less than what was needed to impeach.
Citing President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York said the following:
“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution, and to our country, the House Committee on Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors. Our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security.”
So what comes next? We’ve watched as President Trump has gleefully and blatantly targeted migrants and the downtrodden whilst bolstering the wealthy. Now that we are literally knocking on impeachment’s door, what can we expect? Well, we’ve already passed the first two steps, which are to open an inquiry and then evaluate evidence to see if impeachment is justified. What comes next is a vote in the House of Representatives which either passes or doesn’t pass the Articles of Impeachment by a majority vote. If the vote passes, the President is officially considered impeached.
However, impeachment isn’t synonymous with removal from office. To remove a President from office requires this process to move to the Senate. The Senate then tries the accused President, with the chief justice overseeing the proceedings. A two-thirds vote is required to convict — or 67 votes out of 100 senators. Currently, Democrats hold 47 seats, so they would need 20 of the current 53 Republican Senators to agree with them to remove President Trump from office. If convicted, the President would be removed immediately, and Vice President Mike Pence would become President.
Woo, that’s a lot! So, what do we do to kill time in between anxiously waiting for this circus to unfold? We turned to Twitter, of course! And as always, Twitterverse did NOT disappoint!