President Trump

What it means,
(and what it doesn’t)
Plus ~ what to expect next…


What It Means

Third U.S. president impeached

  • Like Pres. Andrew Johnson in 1868, Pres. Trump is facing re-election. Johnson assumed the presidency after Pres. Lincoln’s assassination and didn’t win his party’s nomination.
  • Unlike Pres. Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 when five House Democrats voted in favor of impeachment, none of Pres. Trump’s party voted to impeach.

What It Doesn’t

Impeachment by the House does NOT mean the President will necessarily be removed by the Senate

  • He was NOT found guilty of a crime (impeachment articles remain charges for the Senate to consider).
  • He is NOT prohibited from continuing to serve out his current presidential term.
  • He is NOT prevented from running for a second presidential term in 2020.

What To Expect Next

Based on what we know from precedent

  • U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the trial.
  • House impeachment managers and Pres. Trump‘s lawyers will present their cases to the Senate.
  • Senate Republicans & Democrat leaders are supposed to work together to decide the rules governing the 6-day-a-week trial, & ultimately, decide its outcome (removal if convicted).

Two Lingering Questions

When will the trial begin? We don’t know. It’s unclear when House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) will deliver the impeachment articles to the Senate, setting the process in motion. In 1998, the House delivered the articles to the Senate on the same day the House approved them: Dec. 19, 1998.

How long will it last? We don’t know. Pres. Clinton’s trial took about 5 weeks.


Bigger Picture: 2020

As sitting Senators, five of the 2020 Democrat candidates (Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, & Michael Bennet) must leave the campaign trail for the Senate trial.

If Pres. Trump wins re-election, it will be a first. In the presidential elections after the impeachments of Pres. Johnson and Pres. Clinton, their parties lost.


*KEEP IN MIND* Impeachment ≠ Removal. For Pres. Trump to be removed from office, two-thirds of the Republican-controlled Senate must convict (vote in favor of an article of impeachment). To date, NOT a SINGLE GOP senator has indicated they will vote in favor of removal from office.

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