In a historic move on Wednesday evening, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump is now only the third U.S. president to have been impeached under the U.S. Constitution.
Now that he has been impeached, the process moves on to the Senate, which is tasked with deciding whether to remove the president from office.
How would a Senate trial work, and when will it begin?
Here’s a look at what could happen next.
On to the Senate
Now that Trump has been impeached, the Senate will hold a trial to determine whether Trump is guilty of the two articles of impeachment with which he has been charged: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Story continues below advertisement
Ultimately, it is up to the Senate to decide whether to remove Trump from office.
At the trial, “managers” from the House of Representatives will present their case before Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump and his legal team will also be present to make their argument.
Historically, presidents facing impeachment trials have been granted some protections, not unlike what defendants receive in criminal cases, such as the right to have a lawyer present and request witness testimony. But legal experts say impeachment proceedings were never intended to be conducted like criminal cases.
It is unclear at this point who the impeachment managers will be, however some freshman Democrats have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint Rep. Justin Amash, a former Republican who was kicked out of the party over his rebuke of Trump. Amash now represents his Michigan district as an Independent.
During the trial, senators in the chamber will act as jurors, and at the end of the trial, a vote will be held.
A two-thirds majority vote is needed to remove a president from office.
That means that in order for Trump to be ousted, all Democrats, both Independents and 20 Republicans in the Senate will need to vote to convict — something experts say is very unlikely.
No president has ever been removed from office via the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution.