There has been so much confusion regarding the impeachment inquiry thus far, as well as where it goes from here. This is a succinct explanation courtesy of Suze that should dispel any questions still lingering.
- it is a PROCESS involving several steps designated by Constitutional law.
- The H of Rep holds hearings, closed or open depending entirely upon which committee is holding them, to determine if there is enough information to bring about articles of impeachment.
- Hearings by committee are the equivalent of a grand jury. Witnesses are called and questioned. The PERSON UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR IMPEACHMENT may be asked to provide responses BUT this is not a requirement.
- If enough credible evidence is obtained to establish probable cause for indictment, the articles are formally voted upon by the entire House of Representatives.
- IF PASSED, the Articles are sent to the Senate for trial.
- The House selects “managers” to present the evidence to the Senate and to subpoena witnesses. (the prosecutor and defense attorney)
- The Senate issues a Writ of Summons to the impeached individual to appear.
- A trial occurs…NOT a criminal trial…
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