Political Trial Of Donald Trump: What Are The Next Stages?

Voting in the House of Representatives

The articles presented by the Judiciary Committee will then be sent to the House plenary for a vote.

The parliamentary debate on these charges could take time: in the process of dismissal of Democratic President Bill Clinton, the congressmen discussed the case more than 13 hours during two days.


The approval of the articles requires a simple majority, in a House where the Democrats have control with 233 seats, against 197 seats in the hands of the Republicans.

Judgment in the Senate

A vote in favor of the 'impeachment' would transfer the case to the Senate, where the president must face a trial. If realized, it would be the third time in the history of the United States that an acting president is prosecuted. The only antecedents are that of Andrew Johnson in 1868 and that of Bill Clinton in 1998.

The president of the Supreme Court is responsible for presiding over the trial, in which the 100 senators act as a grand jury, representatives of the lower house as prosecutors and the president has his defense lawyers.

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To condemn the president, two thirds of the votes are required, in a Senate controlled by Republicans with 53 of the 100 seats.

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority, would control the process, which is estimated to be short, limiting testimony and debate, lasting less than two weeks.

You could also opt for the strategy of stretching it. In Clinton's case, this stage took six weeks and new witnesses were summoned and new evidence accepted.

Beyond the charges presented, analysts believe that politics is what determines the final vote.

The proximity of the elections in 2020 will make senators, especially Republicans, calculate what their voters will be at the polls if they decide to protect the president or dismiss him.



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