Everything you need to know about Trump’s impeachment process: What’s happened, who the players are, and what comes next

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Monroe, Louisiana, U.S., November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis - RC226D94OX2J

Donald Trump’s presidency has been upended by an explosive whistleblower complaint that has snowballed into a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.
The scandal has ensnared dozens of people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and resulted in Trump becoming the third president in US history to be impeached.
What is impeachment? How did we get here? And what could happen next?
We hope this guide will help answer these questions. There’s even a table of contents below so you can jump to a specific section.
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Donald Trump’s presidency has been upended by an explosive whistleblower complaint that has snowballed into a fast-moving impeachment inquiry, ensnaring dozens of people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and posing the most immediate threat to Trump’s presidency yet.

What is impeachment? Impeachment doesn’t mean automatic removal from office. The impeachment process can be thought of as somewhat analogous to a criminal proceeding, even though impeachable offenses don’t have to be criminal offenses. The House, like a grand jury, collects evidence, hears testimony, and drafts articles of impeachment — or charges — against the president.

Now that a majority of the House has voted to impeach the president on a charge of abusing his office and a charge of obstructing Congress, the Senate will hold a trial where both sides present their cases and senators act as jurors. If two-thirds of senators vote to convict the president on the charges brought by the House, the president is removed from office.

How did we get here? And what could happen next? We hope this guide will help answer these questions. We highly recommend you read the entirety of this story so you can be as informed as possible, but you can also jump to a specific section from the table of contents below.

Table of contents
The players
The stakes
The possible outcomes
Timeline of Events (What’s Happened So Far)

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First, here’s a 60-second explanation of what’s going on:

In early September, an anonymous whistleblower complaint lodged by a member of the intelligence community said that in a series of events culminating in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump used “the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The complaint detailed concerns that Trump, days after withholding a nearly $400 million military-aid package, used the call with Zelensky to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil-and-gas company, from 2014 to 2019. Trump and his allies have, without evidence, accused Biden of using his power as vice president to urge Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma in order to protect Hunter.

The whistleblower’s complaint has …read more

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