As I watch the unfolding of the trial known as “The Impeachment of Donald Trump” I can’t helping thinking that the general public may or may not know that the articles of impeachment are civil in nature although the actual ways that the President was impeached by the house was for “criminal” acts.
As defined by wikipedia, Impeachment in the United States is the process by which a legislature (usually in the form of the lower house) brings charges against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed, analogous to the bringing of an indictment by a grand jury.
So there is this blending of a civil trial to “impeach” the President for crimes to have been committed by the President yet the only process involved is not to find him guilty of the crime and sentence him to jail for the crime committed but to remove him from office. A more heinous punishment for the act of crimes against the USA.
Here the Senate will determine the verdict and because the Senate is Republican majority many do not see this as a true trial or one that a jury would determine based on lack of bias. The President likely will not have a majority vote to impeach him since the Senate would have to make a 2/3 majority vote by the Senate to impeach him. If Trump were convicted on either of the two articles against him, he would automatically be removed from office.
We will see how the trial unfolds in the following days and weeks.