House of Representatives impeaches President Trump | USA TODAY

The House of Representatives begins debate Wednesday for only the third time in history on articles of impeachment against a president, as lawmakers weigh accusations that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress.

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If the House approves one or both of the articles, the Senate would hold a trial, expected in January, to decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is required for removal, which is considered unlikely with Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the chamber.

Only two other presidents have faced Senate impeachment trials – Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 – and neither was removed from office. Former President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before a House vote on articles of impeachment.

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