President Donald John Trump Impeached. The Breakdown of events!

Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, and this will lead to a trial in the senate which will ultimately decide his fate!

The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, the present president of the United States, was initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24, 2019, after a whistleblower alleged that Trump may have abused the power of the presidency by withholding military aid as a means of pressuring newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to perform two favors: to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and to investigate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind interference in the 2016 presidential election. More than a week after Trump had put a hold on the previously approved military aid, he made the aforementioned requests in a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, which the whistleblower alleged was intended to help Trump's reelection bid.

On December 3, the House Intelligence Committee reported that "the impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump ... solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection. On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled their articles of impeachment: one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. Three days later, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines (23–17) to approve both articles. On December 16, the House Judiciary Committee released a report specifying criminal bribery and wire fraud charges as part of the abuse of power charge. The House voted to impeach Trump on December 18, 2019.

The formal impeachment vote in the House of Representatives took place on December 18, 2019. Shortly after 8:30 pm EST (01:30 UTC), both articles of impeachment passed.

The House voted on two charges - that the president abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress. Both votes fell along party lines with nearly all Democrats voting for the charges and all Republicans against.

As voting took place, President Trump was addressing a campaign rally.

Duringt the House debates, President Trump tweeted several times, calling the Democratic arguments "ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT" and an "ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!".

He told a cheering crowd in Battle Creek, Michigan: "While we're creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on."

The White House released a statement saying that the president was "confident that he will be fully exonerated" in a Senate trial.

The Republican Party has a majority in the Senate, making it highly unlikely the president will be removed from office when senators cast their votes. 

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell last week said that Republican senators would act in "total co-ordination" with the president's team during the trial, outraging Democrats who pointed out that Senators are obliged to act as impartial jurors.

Pelosi did not commit on Wednesday to transmitting the impeachment articles to the Senate. 

“We cannot name managers [for the Senate trial] until we see what the process is on the Senate side, and we hope that will be soon,” Pelosi told reporters. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us, so hopefully it will be fair.”

But Pelosi said House Democrats would decide as "a group" about next steps. 

Once the articles are sent over, a Senate trial again. 

A 67-vote supermajority would be required to find the president "guilty" and remove him from office, an outcome seen as unlikely. The Senate is made up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. At least 20 Republicans would have to vote with all Democrats and the two independents to remove the president.

Only two presidents - Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998 - have been impeached. Both were acquitted in a Senate trial. 

Trump's impeachment comes less than two months out from the start of the primary election season as National elections for president, all 435 members of the House and 35 of 100 senators will be held November 3, 2020.

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