The impeachment process has two main parts heres a visual guide to how it could play out
House speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. The inquiry could result in Trumps removal from office or it could stop well short of that. Heres how it could play out.
The impeachment process has two main parts: the passage of articles of impeachment by the House of Representatives followed by a trial in the Senate, with the chief justice of the US supreme court presiding.
If a two-thirds Senate majority votes to convict, the president is removed from office.
But no previous impeachment inquiry has resulted in a Senate conviction. Both Bill Clinton (1998) and Andrew Johnson (1868) were acquitted in the Senate. Richard Nixon (1974) resigned before the House voted on impeachment.