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President Trump’s impeachment trial: What happens next?

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(WBNG) -- President Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives and accused of obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

The articles of impeachment are off to the Senate, where a trial, expected to start Tuesday, will be held to determine his future as president.

One local high school teacher says this impeachment is unique and different from the two previous trials.

"This is the first time in American history where we have a president who has been impeached and he's also running for re-election," said Rachel Murat, a history and government teacher at Maine-Endwell High School.

The trial will run similar to any other trial, but, there are a few differing rules Murat says.

"Those opening arguments could take a couple weeks to go through and then they will make a decision later if they will have witnesses in the trial or not, which is similar to what they did in the Bill Clinton impeachment process," said Murat.

Former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial took a little more than a month, but teachers like Murat say they're not sure how long it could take.

"It's going to take as long as it takes. It's going to depend on how long people want to talk for opening arguments. It depends on how long the procedural votes, if they have witnesses, clearly that's going to take a lot longer," said Murat.

When it comes to voting on removing the president, it's not a simple task, Murat says. It requires a more than a 51 percent majority vote.

"Neither party has a super majority, it is a very slim majority for the republicans right now," said Murat.

A super majority, or a two-thirds vote, means 67 senators would have to vote to remove the president for it to actually happen. With 53 republicans and 45 democrats in the senate, the room is split.

If President Trump is aquitted of both articles of impeachment, not much will change during his time in office.

"He is still impeached. Bill Clinton was still impeached for the last two years of his presidency. He will just be a president who was impeached, but he was not removed, so he will go right back to doing his job," said Murat.

Katie Jones

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