Impeachment: What's going on and why?

In the history of the United States, only two presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives: Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Both were acquitted by the Senate. Richard Nixon resigned amid a threatened impeachment in 1974. The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, launched in the heat of the 2020 presidential campaign, will be shaped by politics as much as legal concerns. This page collects our best efforts to let you decide how to think about this process.