1. Opening an Impeachment Inquiry:
A formal opening of the process to consider whether the President has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
Once an inquiry has been opened, evidence is gathered, witnesses are called and documents reviewed.
3. Articles of Impeachment:
Once the Judiciary Committee completes its investigation, it may vote for Articles of Impeachment if the evidence supports the finding that the President has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. If not, it will decline to file such charges.
4. House Floor Vote on Impeachment:
If Articles of Impeachment are filed, the House will be asked to vote on these articles. Passage results in the official charging of the President for having committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
5. Senate Trial
Even once impeached by the House, the President is not removed from office, until such time as he or she is convicted by the Senate on a 2/3 vote of its members.
1. Opening Impeachment Inquiry
2. Investigation and Evidence Gathering
3. Consideration of Articles of Impeachment by Judiciary Committee
4. Consideration of Articles of Impeachment by Full House
5. Trial by Senate