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If Donald Trump is impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, will the U.S. Senate take the referral to a vote?

There is discussion in the political press about whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be required to take articles of impeachment to a trial, and some make the case that he could block a trial, as he has blocked many other legislative efforts passed to the Senate from the House.

At a minimum, it would be a substantial break with historical precedent if the House impeached the President, referred articles of impeachment to the Senate, and yet the Senate declined to vote one way or the other on the referral.

This question will resolve positively if, before the end of Trump's first term, articles of impeachment are referred by the House and are then subjected to a vote by the full Senate. It will resolve negatively if, by the end of Trump's first term he has been impeached by the House but no such vote by the Senate has been held. It will resolve ambiguously if Trump is not impeached by the House by the end of his first term, or if Trump leaves office before any impeachment by the House.

If more than one set of articles of impeachment are referred to the Senate at different times, only the first referral will be considered for the purposes of this question.


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