(Washington, DC-AP) — Articles of impeachment against President Trump are being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Al Green filed the articles Tuesday despite objections by Democratic leaders.
Still, a number of Democrats have called for beginning impeachment proceedings. One reason is it will give more teeth as they battle the Trump administration in courts over the White House refusals to comply with subpoenas.
Under the Constitution the House starts impeachment proceedings. If a majority vote that the president has committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes” they can start hearings. Then a majority would have to vote to impeach the president.
In that case, the U.S. Senate would hold a trial. It would take two-thirds vote of the Republican-controlled Senate to remove the President from office. Only two presidents have been impeached in U.S. history. Andrew Johnson was the first in 1868, followed by Bill Clinton in 1998 and ’99. Neither was removed from office. Proceedings against Richard Nixon were underway when he resigned before a vote to impeach.