Speaker Pelosi has called for an impeachment inquiry. What happens next?

ABC News Politics 1 month ago

The announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the House will launch an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is a momentous development in Washington.

The president called it "presidential harassment" on Twitter. But it's about possible impeachment being much more likely -- and it's much more serious.


The administration's efforts to suppress a whistle-blower complaint about the president -- and subsequent revelations that Trump ordered military aid for Ukraine withheld days before talking to that country’s president about investigating his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter -- have sent once-hesitant Democrats in Washington to take a historic step.


Look at the numbers. The Ukraine story broke the Democratic levy. Nearly 50 Democratic members have joined calls to start an impeachment inquiry since the news broke. Nearly 80% of the Democratic caucus wants an impeachment inquiry. The ABC News count is 182 Democrats and, with Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican party it's 183 members of Congress in all.


The House committees investigating various allegations of Trump wrongdoing will keep holding hearings. But Pelosi said they will do so now under the one umbrella of the official impeachment inquiry. As of now, there is no word of creating a new, select committee. If that happens, the impeachment issue would be taken away from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler. A simple majority in the House is needed to impeach after the House Judiciary passes articles of impeachment. Pelosi likely has the votes. But two-thirds of the Senate is needed to convict and remove Trump from office. As it stands now, with Republicans in control of the Senate, that is not likely to happen.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Iraqs President Barham Salih on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.
President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Iraq's President Barham Salih on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019.


And that's why this has been such a tough decision for Pelosi. She knows this likely won't result in forcing the president out of the White House. And being attacked by Democrats could give the president something to run on. For instance, he’s said about the prospect of impeachment: "They say it's a positive for me."

He loves a foil. That said, some Democrats might argue that forcing Trump to run for reelection amid an impeachment inquiry would hurt his chances and inspire the Democratic base. Pelosi said her thinking on this has shifted. She says she now sees this as a matter of national security.


No president has ever been impeached and subsequently removed from office. Two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton have been impeached and both were acquitted by the Senate.

If the unexpected were to happen and Trump removed from office, he could run again.

PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., heads to a meeting with her caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 24, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., heads to a meeting with her caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 24, 2019


The White House said it will release an unredacted transcript of the call on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to meet with the president of Ukraine at the United Nations and Trump will hold a news conference.

On Thursday, the acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is supposed to testify in public before the House Intelligence Committee and before the Senate Intelligence Committee in private. That could be a game-changer.


So how long could it take for an impeachment process to play out? History is our best guide at this point. It took the House roughly two months to impeach Clinton, from the day it started an inquiry -- Oct. 8, 1999 -- to the day the House sent articles of impeachment to the Senate. It took the Senate roughly a month to acquit.

By this timeline, we could be looking at a process lasting three months, but there are lots of variables, so this is just an estimate. Maybe the biggest variable of all is that this likely will be pushed into an election year.

Source link
Read also:
The Guardian › Politics › 1 month ago
Donald Trump will be the fourth president to face a formal impeachment inquiry, following Nancy Pelosi’s announcementPelosi announces impeachment inquiry into Trump over Ukraine scandalThe House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has announced a formal...
Business Insider › Politics › 1 month ago
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening, multiple media outlets reported. Currently, 169 out of 235 House Democrats support impeaching Trump. Pelosi's reported announcement...
Business Insider › Politics › 2 weeks ago
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on October 31, the night after the first major vote in the House on establishing procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. While on the show, the house speaker...
Fox News › Politics › 1 week ago
President Trump on Saturday brushed off what he described as a “witch hunt” of an impeachment inquiry, before calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden to be added to the list of witnesses to be called to testify.
ABC News › 1 month ago
Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, what's next?
New York Post › 1 month ago
Rep. Adam Schiff, who as the head of the House Intelligence Committee has become the public face of the Democrats impeachment inquiry, will attend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s weekly press conference later Wednesday morning. Pelosi’s office...
Business Insider › Politics › 1 day ago
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to "speak all the truth that he wants" and testify in the impeachment inquiry. "He has every opportunity to present his case," Pelosi said in an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation...
ABC News › 1 month ago
Nancy Pelosi demands full whistleblower complaint; What happens next with Trump impeachment inquiry?
Fox News › 1 month ago
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins said Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has "abused" her role with her treatment of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, claiming the president won't receive "due process" over a...
The Inquisitr › Politics › 1 month ago
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces increased scrutiny by President Donald Trump and the White House for not holding a formal House vote to green light the president’s impeachment inquiry, Pelosi made clear on Tuesday that no such vote would be...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google