Now That Trump Has Been Impeached, What Happens Next? | NBC News NOW

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Published: 12/25/2019 12:27 AM

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump. But what happens next in the Senate? NBC News' Danny Cevallos walks through what could happen in a Senate trial. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC New...

So the president has been impeached now that doesn't mean that he's being removed. It only means that the case moves from the house to the senate for a trial. So what happens next? Well, technically, the house has to transmit the articles of impeachment over to the senate and speaker of the house. Nancy pelosi has suggested that there may be some delay so that members of the house, the democratic ...
embers, can get some assurances that the senate will actually conduct a trial and not throw the case out right away. Remember, democrats have the majority in the house, but in the senate it is the republicans who control but assuming the articles of impeachment make it overto the senate. The first thing that will happen is that the minority and majority leader's will meet and try to hash out the rules, because the senate has the sole power to impeach. They also have the sole power to determine their own rules for the trial. There'S a lot of procedure: the senate needs to hash out. How long will the trial be? Does any side get to call witnesses who exactly would be called, if called as a witness, and just because the senate did it a certain way in a prior impeachment, like with bill clinton or andrew johnson, does not mean that they have to do it? The same way again in presidential impeachment, onlythe chief justice presides, but even that is a strange word, because with just a majority, the senate could technically overrule even his decisions. The answer to the question of how long this will take is a big. We don't know. We don't know when the articles will be transmitted from the house to the senate and we don't know when the senate will decide on its own rules and timetable for conducting the trial.

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