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Subject Impeachment: Everything you need to know
Date January 13, 2021 7:51 PM
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Hi John,

Today, the House of Representatives is voting to impeach President Trump for inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol.

During this unprecedented time, we know you may have questions about what this all means. Here are two things you can do to get up to speed:

1. Keep reading this email for a deep dive on what impeachment is and what could happen in the days ahead.
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What is impeachment?
Impeachment is a grave and historically rare declaration by the House of Representatives accusing a federal official, like the President of the United States, of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors. Impeachment is the first step toward potentially removing the federal official from office, triggering a trial in the Senate to decide.

The House of Representatives has impeached three presidents: President Andrew Johnson in 1868, President Bill Clinton in 1998, and President Donald Trump in 2019. No president has ever been impeached twice or convicted and removed from office due to impeachment.

What does the process look like?
House vote: A simple majority in the House is required to impeach the president. If the vote fails, the president is not impeached and the process ends there.

Senate trial: After the House votes to impeach, the Senate would then hold a trial to determine whether to convict the president of impeachment.

Senate vote: A conviction requires a two-thirds supermajority of senators. If the vote falls short, the president is not convicted and the process ends there. If two-thirds of senators do agree to convict, the president is removed from office and the vice president becomes president.

What’s at stake?
If the president is convicted by the Senate, he would lose the benefits associated with the post-presidency, such as a pension, security detail, and travel allowance. He could also lose the ability to run for president again.

Will this delay President-elect Biden’s inauguration?
No. As mandated in the U.S. Constitution, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021, at noon at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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