President Donald Trump has been impeached in a historic vote by the House of Representatives. He will now face impeachment trial in the Senate. Therefore, Trump became the third president to be impeached by the House in American history, after President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and President Bill Clinton in 1998. President Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974, before the House could vote on three articles of impeachment approved earlier by the House Judiciary Committee. The House voted to impeach Trump as follows: 230-197 For ‘Abuse of Power,’ 229-198 For ‘Obstruction of Congress.’
President Trump may not be removed from office because Republicans are in majority in the Senate. However, because he has been impeached by the House, he will automatically lose his presidential immunity as soon as he leaves office and he can be tried for the offenses and crimes he committed while in office as the President of the United States.
Republicans who once stormed the impeachment proceedings have vowed to do all within their power to prevent Trump from being removed from office. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted by calling the impeachment an “unconstitutional travesty.” She added that Trump “is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process,” and he is prepared “for the next steps and confident that he will be fully exonerated.”
Unlike in the House of Representatives, where a simple majority vote was enough to pass impeachment, two thirds of senators will need to vote to remove President Trump for it to really happen. Again, the possibility of this happening is very low.