Following the release of a phone call in which President Donald Trump explicitly asked that the Ukrainian president dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Nancy Pelosi is putting her foot down. Despite previous hesitation, Democrats in the House have chosen to formally start impeachment proceedings.
And it’s not an unpopular choice, with recent polling showing that over 55 percent of Americans support an impeachment inquiry into Trump. With most Americans in support of Pelosi’s decision, Democrats are less concerned with the potential political consequences, like losing a majority in the House.
But according to Trump’s recent Twitter tirade, you could be led to believe that a dictator had just taken over the House of Representatives and was trying to establish a Communist state, but that’s not the case. Here’s what you need to expect in the next few months:
- The impeachment inquiry will focus almost solely on the Ukraine affair and you can expect that a full-blown investigation will be conducted by the House Intelligence Committee after the scheduled congressional recess.
- An interview with the whistleblower who brought the President’s phone call to Ukraine will be crucial to push the proceedings forward.
- After articles of impeachment are drawn up, the House Judiciary Committee needs to approve the articles before the full House can take a vote. Watch out for Democrats in vulnerable positions who may hold out on voting for impeachment to protect their seats. There are also some Republicans to watch out for, like Nevada Representative Mark Amodei, who have indicated that they are open to impeachment.
- If the House votes in favor of impeachment, the White House could start to scramble. Trump has already been desperately tweeting and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is currently playing defense, but White House aides are currently considering more official responses to the threat of impeachment.
- If the charges are approved in the House, a televised trial will take place in the Senate. 67 Senators need to vote that Trump is guilty for him to be removed from office.