Analysis by Paul LeBlanc and Zachary B. Wolf, CNN
Updated 6:54 AM ET, Mon December 16, 2019
Washington (CNN) Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump are expected to be passed through the House before the end of the week, less than three months after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry.
Here’s how things will go:
Full House vote
Two articles of impeachment are headed to the House floor for a vote. If a simple majority of the House votes to approve either article, Trump will become the third president ever formally impeached — President Richard Nixon resigned after the votes passed the House Judiciary Committee but before they could make it to the full House.
The House has yet to set a specific date for the full impeachment vote, but two Democratic leadership aides said it could happen on Wednesday.
What’s in the articles?
The first article of impeachment accuses Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and withholding US security aid and a White House meeting.
The second accuses him of obstructing the investigation into his misconduct by blocking witnesses and disobeying subpoenas.
Looming Senate trial
If the articles pass in the House as expected, the Republican-led Senate will hold a trial presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court — right now, that’s John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee who has played a pivotal role.