Trump becomes 3rd American President to be impeached

Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only other presidents to be impeached, but both were acquitted by the Senate.
2:18 | 12/19/19

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The scope of this, and what to expect next. President trump is only the fourth American president to face impeachment. The first, Andrew Johnson in he was impeached then acquitted in the senate. In 1974, Richard Nixon faced a long inquiry, but resigned before the vote. And Bill Clinton, 21 years ago tomorrow, in fact, he was impeached. He W acquitted in the senate. And tonight, the vote at any time on whether to impeach president trump. So, let's bring in Terry por ran, live at the capitol tonight. And Terry, you covered the Clinton impeachment in '98. Senators were in agreement about what the trial would look like. But tonight, you have the democratic leader chuck Schumer calling for witnesses like John Bolton, acting white house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Then you have Mitch Mcconnell saying no witnesses and already saying he won't be an impartial juror, but this is what he said today. Listen to this. I've hoped and still hope that the democratic leader and I can sit down and reproduce that unanimous bipartisan agreement this time. So, Terry, how likely is this, some bipartisan agreement for the senate trial? Reporter: You know, David, they'll probably work something out, but there's a big difference between that unanimous agreement between the Clinton impeachment and today. The senate, their leaders in the Clinton impeachment, they kept the Clinton white house at arm's length. They consulted with them, but this was really a deal worked out by the independent senate. Mitch Mcconnell's already said he is operating in total coordination with the white house. He has said he wants a short trial, chuck Schumer, as you say, wants witnesses. The president keeping his options open. You witnessed this before, Terry. In a senate trial, it's all about the math. Two-thirds, 67 of them, are needed to convict. And Terry, that's extremely unlikely here. Reporter: My goodness, that is a super majority, and barring bombshell news evidence that is not on the horizon at all, president trump will be aquilted. The founders put that super majority in the constitution because they wanted the public to do this, through their representatives. And right now, the public is locked in, divided, without really moving an inch during the course of these hearings and this debate today. David? Terry Moran, thank you. And to Martha, Jon, Mary, as well. We'll come back to the

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