Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal investigation into allegations is just the start of an epic legal and constitutional clash.
Here's how deposition goes from here.
1] Investigations are being stepped up
Six commissions now have the role of Pelosi to investigate Donald Trump with the intention of deciding whether he will be dropped. They are the House Law, Supervision, Intelligence, Roads and Resources, Financial Services and Foreign Affairs committees. They will now probably all issue a fit of summons that will certainly lead to a new one:
2] Court battle over subpoena – which could go to the Supreme Court
The Trump government has so far resisted subpoenas by claiming executive power and will certainly continue to do so. Federal judges are already dealing with subpoenas cases before Trump's tax and financial administration, and many more are likely to follow. But the courts have never set the limits of privilege and whether an investigation into accusations actually gives Congress more power to overcome it. If Trump fights as hard as he can, it will probably find its way to the Supreme Court. Expected in the meantime:
3] More hearings
Democrats know they have to convince the public that Trump should be tried, and the best way to do that is to hear hearings like the ones that sparked the nation at Watergate. They ruined the Mueller hearing, but when they produce question and answer sessions with people from the Trump world who cause public outrage, they are on their way to:
4] Draw up formal accusation articles in the committee
On the accusation form for deposition – the & # 39; articles & # 39; – state that Trump is formally accused of. It is not a fixed format – it can be as long or as short as Congress decides. Three such articles were prepared – for Andrew Johnson on 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Johnson & # 39; s were the most extensive at 11, Nixon faced three and Bill Clinton four, but with a series of numbered indictments in every article. Once established, the Judicial Committee votes on them and, if approved, sends them to the Chamber for:
5] Full vote on deposition
The Constitution says that Parliament needs a simple majority to go on, but has to vote on each article. Nixon stopped for such a vote, so Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only precedent. The house passed two of the three articles against Clinton and all 11 against Johnson. Passing even just one article leads to:
6] Senate deposition process
Even if the senate is clearly not in favor of removing the president, he or she must go to court if the Parliament votes for expulsion. The hearing does not stand for the full senate, but for & # 39; evidence committees & # 39; – in theory at least comparable to the existing senate committees. The Supreme Court of the Supreme Court presides, but the procedures are determined by senators. Members of the House prosecute Trump as & # 39; managers & # 39 ;, bring witnesses and present evidence to explain their case against the president. The president can defend himself or, as Clinton did, use lawyers to interview the witnesses. The committee or committees report to the entire senate. Then it can debate in public or deliberate privately about the guilt or innocence of the president. It has one open voice that delivers the following:
7] The judgment
Accusation must take place for two-thirds of the senate. Voting for an article to be accused is good enough to put the president out of office. There is no appeal.
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