The president’s lawyers and the Republican National Committee are arguing that it would be impossible to impeach Trump.
The RNC says it would take impeachment proceedings that were more than three years long and that the president is “fit and proper” to serve as president.
But Democrats say they need more time and a special prosecutor to go after Trump.
What happens next?
What happens after Trump resigns?
That’s the key question as Trump’s impeachment trial opens in federal court.
Trump faces charges of lying to the FBI, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.
The trial is expected to last a few weeks.
If Trump is found not guilty, the judge could order him to leave office as soon as the end of the trial.
What are the possible penalties?
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the impeachment resolution on Thursday.
The Senate approved it on Tuesday.
If the president doesn’t resign, Congress would then consider impeachment proceedings.
If a special counsel investigates and finds that Trump committed a crime, then Trump could be impeached.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
But it’s unclear if the House will pass a resolution on impeachment and if Trump would face a conviction on those charges.
A trial could be delayed for a year, or even a year and a half.
But that would be a far cry from Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
What does impeachment mean?
Impeaching a president is a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
That could mean Trump faces the death penalty.
But the U.N. Security Council can decide if the president should face charges and whether he should be stripped of his power.
Impelling a president would have to be approved by the Senate, and if it passes, it could take weeks to put into law.
Trump is a constitutional law professor at the University of Virginia Law School.
He’s also a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a panel that has been investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
What can impeachment experts say about the Trump-Russia investigation?
Imminent impeachment charges have become a common tool in U.K. politics.
In 2006, then-Conservative Party leader Nigel Farage called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Trump administration’s links to Russia after the resignation of former Attorney General Dominic Grieve.
Former U.A.E. soccer player and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon used similar tactics in Scotland to push for an inquiry in 2018.
Imminent criminal charges are often used as a way to discredit politicians and the press.
They can also be used to force governments to comply with an election law that limits the amount of time the media can report on a case.
Imposement of impeachment proceedings is typically used by a president who has been impeached or convicted of a felony.
A U.C.L.A., UCLA, and Stanford law professor, Michael Doran, wrote in a 2015 study that the most serious charges for impeaching a sitting president can range from felony obstruction of Congress to lying to a federal officer.
A criminal indictment can also result in criminal charges, but the U,S.
Constitution does not require a conviction to lead to impeachment proceedings against a sitting American president.
Imposition of impeachment would require a majority vote in both houses of Congress, which would require Trump to be impeachable by the House of Representative.
What if Trump is acquitted?
In the U-S.
Senate, Republicans and Democrats would need 60 votes to convict Trump of violating the Constitution, which bars the president from abusing his power to fire FBI Director Comey or any other federal official.
The Republican majority would need a two-thirds majority in both chambers of Congress for impeachment to be confirmed by the U to the Senate.
But if the GOP wins the Senate in November and Democrats retake the House, then Republicans can pass impeachment legislation that would likely require 60 votes.
What is impeachment?
Imposition is a procedural move that is used to impece someone.
Imposing charges is a legislative procedure, which is different from an impeachment trial.
Impetition in the U/S.
Congress is a procedure that requires a special resolution of the U House of representatives, which can be approved through a simple majority vote.
Improved charges against a president or vice president, or a member or former member of a political party, are then brought to the House floor.
Impenetrable defenses could be used against impeachment charges in a trial, but they would not be a defense against a trial.
For example, Trump has been indicted for fraud, embezzlement, and other offenses.
Prosecutors would not need to show that Trump had violated any law in order to bring charges.
If convicted, Trump could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
If he is acquitted, Trump faces up, or at least a possibility of, a $1 billion fine.