On the night of November 18, 2019, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President of the United States of America Donald Trump making him the third President in US history to be impeached by the Congress.

The House voted in favour of two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after eight long hours of debate following a three-month enquiry by House Democrats into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. 

But the impeachment process is far from over

It is now up to to the Senate to either convict Trump and remove him from office, or to acquit him of all charges. But even though the proceeding will be transferred to the Senate, the House lawmakers still have work to do:

Selecting impeachment managers

The members of Congress are selected for the task. These managers will then appear before the Senate during the trial and present the findings from their inquiry in the case. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be selecting the impeachment managers and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., are the likely candidates.

As for Donald Trump, a team of attorneys, likely to be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, will be representing him at the Senate trial.

The rules for the Senate trial will be set

On December 19, 2019, majority Leader Mitch McConnell will appear in the Senate and set the rules of how the trial will go and which witnesses will be testifying.

The Senate impeachment trial will be presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts 

And if we go by the experience of William Rehnquist, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who had described his experience of presiding over Clinton’s trial as a “culture shock”, Robert will be playing a crucial role during the trial.

But no matter what happens at the Senate trial, whether Trump is ousted from office or reelected or if the Republicans take control of the House, November 18, 2019, will always be remembered as a key moment in American history.