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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: A newspaper front page shows a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump the morning after he was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 2019 in New York City. President Trump becomes only the third president in American history to be impeached by the House. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives as of yesterday.  He’s the third president to ever be impeached.

Next, the articles of impeachment will go to the Senate, where they’ll hold a trial and decide whether to convict the president and remove him from office…

Americans Watch As The House Of Representatives Vote On Articles Of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump is pictured on a screen in Times Square on December 18, 2019 in New York, United States. The House of Representatives voted today to pass both articles of impeachment against President Trump. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

     Define Impeachment:

the action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something.
“the prosecutor’s detailed impeachment of the character witness”
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    a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office.
    “the president is facing impeachment over the scandal”
    a charge of treason or another crime against the state.
    “the king cynically abandoned him, encouraging his impeachment”


Here are four things you need to know…

1.  He’s the third president to be impeached. The first was Andrew Johnson in 1868.  The second was Bill Clinton in 1998.  Richard Nixon would have been impeached, but he resigned.

2.  Both of the articles of impeachment against the president needed 216 votes to pass.  Abuse of Power got 230 yes votes, Obstruction of Congress got 229.  The reason for the difference is one Democrat, Jared Golden of Maine, only voted yes on the first.

3.  The vote was basically split on party lines.  All Republicans voted no on both.  Two Democrats from swing districts voted no on both. And Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who’s running for president, basically abstained by voting “present.”

4.  The next step is the House will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, where they’ll hold a trial and decide whether to convict the president and remove him from office.  But that may be delayed while the rules of the trial are negotiated.