The Trump presidency continues to undergo daily scrutiny; whistleblower allegations, secret calls with foreign leaders, alleged election meddling and collusion claims. The list of transgressions is relentless.
On Tuesday, September 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would begin a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically," Pelosi stated. "The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
Despite Trump tweeting that the impeachment probe is a “total witch hunt,” the Democrats have finally reached a breaking point in Trump’s questionable and corrupt behavior.
The good news is that the reality of impeachment is closer and more realistic than ever before. The bad news is that the process may not be swift.
Here’s everything you need to know about the constitutional process:
The 17th President, Andrew Johnson, was voted out of office beginning on February 14, 1868. He was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act, a federal law that prohibited the President from removing office holders without Senate’s consent and approval.
President Bill Clinton impeachment began in December 1998 and concluded in February, 1999. The bill was prompted when he was slammed with a sexual harassment lawsuit by Paula Jones, an Arkansas state employee. Clinton, who was the 42nd President, was also impeached for obstruction of justice and lying under oath.
President Richard Nixon was also on the impeachment chopping block in February 1974, but resigned from office before proceedings began.
Although both Johnson and Clinton were impeached, the Senate refused to convict them of any criminal charges. Johnson left office but President Bill Clinton stayed through the end of his term.
If successfully impeached, President Donald Trump would make the 3rd United States President to be removed from office.
It has been a tumultuous week in The White House. Besides the efforts to impeach the president, last week, congresswoman Ayanna Pressley launched an impeachment inquiry against Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, after multiple women alleged that he sexually assaulted them.
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