Trump impeachment: What you need to know

Impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump move on to the next stage, with a vote scheduled in the House of Representatives. This is what you need to know.

What is an impeachment?

Impeachment is when a legislative body formally levels charges, which have to be very serious, against a high official of government, including the president.

It does not mean automatic removal from office and is only the first step towards possible removal.

It is not a criminal trial but a process to remove a high-level official, usually only a president in the US.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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