A Quick Guide to Impeachment, in 10 Numbers

From Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton to the alleged crimes of Donald Trump.

Izii Carter November 14, 2019

Protesters demand impeachment in New York City on October 13. (Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Impeach­ment has been on Democ­rats’ minds since the day Don­ald Trump took office. Rumors had already begun swirling that the Trump cam­paign col­lud­ed with Rus­sia to hack the 2016 elec­tion; in the ensu­ing Mueller inves­ti­ga­tion, Trump was accused of obstruct­ing jus­tice. But that’s not why we now find our­selves in the midst of a for­mal impeach­ment inquiry.

In fact, there’s a lot that the cur­rent inquiry is not tech­ni­cal­ly about. Like the 2,300 con­flicts of inter­est that have arisen since Trump’s deci­sion not to divest from his busi­ness­es dur­ing his pres­i­den­cy or the 25 accu­sa­tions of sex­u­al assault that he has field­ed since the 1970s. Not even the tax fraud the Pres­i­dent may have com­mit­ted in 2017.

Instead, the alleged high crime that final­ly pushed Democ­rats to begin impeach­ment pro­ceed­ings brings us almost entire­ly full cir­cle: Trump may have asked for a for­eign pow­er to help him win the 2020 elec­tion. That would be ille­gal under fed­er­al law, says the chair of the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Ellen Weintraub.

But it may not be enough to remove him from office. Here’s 10 sta­tis­tics on the his­to­ry of impeach­ment and Trump’s alleged crimes today:

  • 3 — Pri­or pres­i­dents who have faced impeach­ment inquiries: Andrew John­son, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton
  • 2 — Pres­i­dents impeached by the House but then acquit­ted by the Sen­ate (Nixon resigned before the House vote)
  • 38% — Pub­lic sup­port for remov­ing Nixon from office at the start of his impeach­ment inquiry
  • 57% — Pub­lic sup­port for remov­ing Nixon from office when he resigned 10 months later
  • 34% — Pub­lic sup­port for impeach­ing Clin­ton through­out the proceedings
  • 49% — Pub­lic sup­port for impeach­ing Trump, com­pared to 46% opposed
  • 2 — The num­ber of coun­tries Trump has per­son­al­ly invit­ed to inves­ti­gate his polit­i­cal rival Joe Biden
  • 22 — For­eign gov­ern­ments who have spent mon­ey at a Trump prop­er­ty dur­ing his pres­i­den­cy, income that arguably vio­lates the Constitution
  • $16,085,911.67 - Mon­ey spent by polit­i­cal cam­paigns and gov­ern­ment agen­cies at Trump-owned prop­er­ties from April 2015, when Trump hit the cam­paign trail, to May 2018, as revealed in a June 2018 ProP­ub­li­ca investigation
  • 11 - Times Trump may have obstruct­ed jus­tice, accord­ing to the Mueller Report
Izii Carter is an edi­to­r­i­al intern at In These Times.
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