How the impeachment process works


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Tuesday, Sept. 24 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

What is an impeachment inquiry? How long does it take? To answer your questions, NEWS10’s Cassie Hudson spoke to Siena College Professor of Political Science Leonard M. Cutler, Ph.D. to breakdown the impeachment process.

What is impeachment?

Who can impeach the president?

What is the process for an impeachment inquiry?

What happens next?

Who is presented with the articles of impeachment?

What happens after the president is impeached?

The House sends the article(s) to the Senate for a trial. The chief justice of the United States presides over the trial, while the Senate acts as jury. If 2/3 of the Senate votes to convict the President is removed. If the 2/3 threshold is not met, the President remains in office.

How long does the impeachment process take?

To be determined. The impeachment proceedings don’t happen often and in some cases, can take months. In the case of Andrew Johnson, his impeachment proceedings took more than 3 months. Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings took approximately 2 months.

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