Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Donald Trump impeachment: What does impeachment mean? Why Democrats beginning proceedings? | World | News

The House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has begun proceedings for a formal impeachment inquiry, which accuses the President of betrayal of his oath of office, national security and the integrity of American elections. Donald Trump has labelled the move as a “witch hunt” from the opposition party. But what does impeachment mean? And why are the Democrats launching proceedings against the US president?

The House Judiciary Committee will be responsible for moving the inquiry forward and, if they do so, the House of Representatives will vote on whether Mr Trump will become the third president in US history to be impeached from office.

Although the House of Representatives has a Democrat majority, if the impeachment votes passes, it is unlikely the vote will be upheld in the Senate – where the Republicans hold control.

Why are the Democrats launching impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump?

Since Mr Trump began his tenure in office, many Democrats have pushed to begin impeachment proceedings against him.

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However, this instance is the first time the cause has gained the support of Ms Pelosi.

An intelligence whistleblower logged a formal complaint about one or more phone calls between President Trump and the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It has been alleged Mr Trump encouraged the Ukranian power to investigate potential Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son.

According to AP, the President has also acknowledged that days before the phone call, he had ordered military aid in the region to be frozen.

The implication is that the President possibly used his position of power to influence a foreign government into helping him win another election.

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What does impeachment mean?

Impeachment is a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office, in this case, the President of the United States.

The process starts with the House of Representatives bringing a case forward for impeachment.

The Senate then tries the case, with the chief justice of the Supreme Court overseeing the trial.

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67 senators would have to vote to remove Donald Trump, which is the required number to meet a two-thirds majority.

Two presidents have been impeached in US history.

In 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached, and back in 1868 Andrew Johnson was impeached.

President Nixon was not impeached over the Watergate scandal, as he resigned before the House of Representatives could vote on the issue.

The current Betfair Exchange odds are:

Trump to be impeached in his first term:

Yes – 11/10
No – 8/11

Presidential Election 2020:

Donald Trump – 11/8
Elizabeth Warren – 3/1
Jo Biden – 8/1
Bernie Sanders – 17/1

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