(WBNG) — There’s a lot of talk regarding the current impeachment inquiry, but what exactly is impeachment and how does it work?
Right now the House Intelligence Committee is gathering information to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with the inquiry, and if it continues there are a few ways it could go.
If the House Intelligence Committee votes there’s not enough evidence, the process is over. However, if they do decide to continue the inquiry, it will be kicked over to the House Judiciary Committee.
That committee will then decide if the evidence presented is a clear indication a crime has been committed, the members will vote to impeach, at which point the U.S. Senate will become involved and a trial will begin unlike any other in our country.
“It’s presided over by the Chief Justice of the United States, so in that sense it’s a trial presided over by a judge, and then the entire senate is the jury,” said Juan Arroyo, a professor of politics at Ithaca College. “So there’s 100 people, and it has to be a two thirds majority to actually remove the president or a judge or whoever’s been impeached.”
If the president were to be removed from office, Vice President Mike Pence would become president and choose a new vice president.
Only two U.S. presidents have ever been formally impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Former president Richard Nixon was in the process of being impeached, but resigned during the impeachment inquiry, the same step President Donald Trump is currently in.