Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry, President Trump faces the possibility of joining Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as one of the few presidents to be impeached in American history—but whether the GOP-controlled Senate will vote to convict him is a very different story. In a look at the process, ABC reports that while it will take only a simple majority in the Democrat-controlled House to impeach the president if the House Judiciary Committee passes the articles of impeachment, removing Trump from office will require a highly unlikely two-thirds majority in the GOP-controlled Senate—and he would still be able to run again in 2020. When Clinton was impeached in 1999, the process from the launch of an inquiry to acquittal by the Senate took around three months. More:
- "Nothing has changed." Democrats say that Pelosi's announcement merely jolted a process that has been underway since July, Politico reports. Six House panels investigating Trump will turn their findings over to the Judiciary Committee, which will draw up articles of impeachment if the findings support it, but lawmakers say Pelosi did not give them a time frame. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, says Pelosi's announcement "changes absolutely nothing" and until the full House votes on it, "merely claiming the House is conducting an impeachment inquiry doesn’t make it so."