Donald Trump has become only the third president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The Senate has to decide now whether he remains in office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats had ‘no choice’ but to impeach President Trump, while he brushed off the impeachment, calling the Democrats’ efforts an assault on America in a Twitter post.
What are the impeachment charges?
The House voted on two charges - that the president abused his power by withholding taxpayer money from Ukraine and getting the country to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, and that he had obstructed Congress for refusing to cooperate with the investigation. The charges passed by 230 to 197, with nearly all Democrats voting for and every Republican against.
How can Trump be removed from the Oval Office?
A two-thirds majority vote is required in the 100-member Senate to convict and remove a president from office. The Senate is made up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents. For Trump to be removed from office, at least 20 Republicans would be required to vote, alongside all Democrats and the independents.
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Sources: marketwatch.com, bloomberg.com, cnbc.com
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