Donald Trump impeachment process: Who becomes President if Trump is impeached? Ivanka?

17 May

What happens if Donald Trump is impeached? 

In order to face impeachment, Mr Trump would need to be accused of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours”.

If the House of Representatives votes to impeach the President, the Senate will hold an impeachment trial over whether convict and remove the president from office.

Who becomes President if Donald Trump is impeached? 

If Mr Trump was impeached, convicted by the Senate and expelled from office, Vice President Mike Pence would take the oath of office and replace him. 

In the highly unlikely event of Mr Pence also being impeached then the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, is next in line to become president. 

Mr Pence is long-serving Republican and traditional conservative whose evangelical Christian faith influences many of his political beliefs.

The former congressman is anti-abortion, once said gay marriage represents the “deterioration of family” and has denied climate change. 

The ex-governor of Indiana is trusted by the Republican party establishment and Mr Ryan has described him a “personal friend”. 

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