President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be removed from office.
For the president to be ousted from the White House by impeachment, the Senate has to convict him with a two-thirds majority — a tall order, given that it’s currently in Republican hands.
On Wednesday, the House debated and voted on two articles of impeachment that the House Judiciary Committee approved last week.
The articles charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both of which are tied to the Ukraine scandal and Trump’s urging of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden.
The House was widely expected to pass those two articles, so the result Wednesday wasn’t surprising.
Now that the House has voted, the matter moves to the Senate, which will weigh whether to convict the president. There will be a trial, over which Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside.
Beyond that, there’s still some wrangling over what, exactly, the trial will look like. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have one thing in mind, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants it to go another way. And, of course, GOP senators are dealing with the president’s wants (and tweets), too.
However the trial is structured, it ends with senators voting on the two “charges” — and Trump’s removal from office would require 67 “yes” votes on one or both articles.
There are currently 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents (who generally vote with Democrats) in the Senate, meaning 20 GOP members would have to defect to convict Trump. That’s … very unlikely to happen, to put it mildly.