A Step-By-Step Guide to the Trump Impeachment Proceedings

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Tara Kibler

This month, history was made when Donald J. Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. However, contrary to popular misunderstanding, impeachment does not necessarily mean Trump will be removed from office.

Confused about how it all works? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to impeachment through the lens of the recent Trump inquiry.

What Is Impeachment?

Impeachment was included by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a way to protect the young nation from corrupt and tyrannical leadership. As laid out in Article II, Section 4

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U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library Now Available!

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

Impeachment proceedings in the United States are rare. Presidential impeachments are even rarer. Since 1789, the House of Representatives has initiated impeachment proceedings only 62 times, and just 19 of these have led to full impeachments. Eight federal judges have been convicted and removed from office by the Senate, but thus far no president has met the same ignominious fate.

Andrew Johnson was the first president to have impeachment proceedings initiated against him in 1868 for violating the since-repealed and little-known Tenure Office Act. Bill Clinton’s impeachment charges in 1998 followed a wide-ranging investigation by Independent Counsel Ken Starr encompassing a variety of alleged wrongdoings…

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