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3 important facts you need to know about President Trump’s impeachment

Whether Trump is eventually removed from office or not, history has been made. His impeachment is the third in America’s over 200 years of democracy.


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Controversial US President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. His impeachment does not come as a surprise to many as it seemed the obvious outcome of an investigation that lasted for only three months over his attempt to influence a foreign leader to prosecute a political rival. Here are at least three things you need to know about the impeachment.

1. He is still the US President: Unlike in Nigeria where impeachment implies outright ouster from office, the American constitution doesn’t allow for one arm of the parliament to impeach and remove a sitting President. So, for Trump to be removed from office, the Senate would have to convict him on the articles of impeachment relied on by the House to impeach him. And he remains the President until that happens.

2. History is made: Whether Trump is eventually removed from office or not, history has been made – which is what Trump would have loved to avoid. His impeachment is the third in America’s over 200 years of democracy. And it is not always kind. Despite his accomplishment and all, he may still accomplish; he risks being remembered for being impeached from office.

3. It was a single-party impeachment: Every congressman in the United States House of Representatives did not vote to impeach President Trump. But the opposition, Democratic Party holds the majority in the House, making it rather easy to the impeachment done.

During the impeachment vote, House of Representatives voted almost entirely along party lines — 230-197-1 — to charge Trump with abuse of power, and it followed it up with a 229-198-1 vote to charge Trump with obstruction of Congress.

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