WASHINGTON — Some legal experts on the congressional power of impeachment believe President Donald Trump could be impeached and tried in the Senate even after he leaves office at noon on Jan. 20.
As House Democratic leaders consider a vote on articles of impeachment as early as the middle of next week, here’s a look at how the procedure would work.
The House can bring an impeachment resolution to the floor for an immediate vote, bypassing the process of committee hearings, which were held when Trump was impeached in 2019 and acquitted in the GOP-controlled Senate. In the normal course, skipping hearings would deprive impeachment proponents of the opportunity to build credibility and support by calling witnesses.
But in the current circumstances, supporters may consider that unnecessary.