Washington, DC—President Donald Trump has already been impeached.
But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.
If the new president’s agenda is not reversed and the nation is not destroyed, he could be indicted.
A federal prosecutor will be assigned to look into the matter and could face charges.
It would be the first time in U.S. history that a president faces criminal charges for violating the Constitution.
“It’s not a matter of if, but when,” said Steven Bradbury, a political scientist at the University of Virginia.
“This is a serious and very consequential matter.”
The current legal landscape is “very different” than the one in 1789, when George Washington, in the midst of the Revolutionary War, tried to oust the new king of England, James I, for treason, according to a book by University of Maryland history professor Robert E. Howard.
In those cases, the president was tried for crimes committed during the presidency.
“We are at a point where we are at the stage where the president is impeached and that’s a serious matter,” said Bradbury.
“There is a precedent for a president impeaching and then being indicted, and it’s not going to be easy.
But it is a very real possibility.”
Here’s a timeline of events leading up to Trump’s impeachment, according.
March 4, 2017: Trump tweets a series of tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.
Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.
This is McCarthyism!”
March 7, 2017, 9:50 p.m.: Trump tweets that Obama’s administration “had my ‘tapes’ and ‘dossier'” during the campaign, and that “this was happening before I even took office.”
March 10, 2017 — The Justice Department announces the FBI is investigating Trump’s “repeated efforts to obstruct justice.”
March 12, 2017— Trump announces that he’s fired FBI Director James Comey.
The Justice and FBI Departments say the president had been investigating whether Comey, a Democrat, lied to Congress about his interactions with Trump.
March 13, 2017- Trump fires FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying he was a “showboat” who “frequently appears to have ulterior motives.”
March 14, 2017 Trump fires Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Horowitz was investigating whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.
Horowitz resigned in February.
March 15, 2017 The FBI announces it has interviewed Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who misled Congress about the nature of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
March 16, 2017 – FBI Director Robert Mueller announces his appointment as special counsel to investigate Trump’s possible obstruction of justice.
March 19, 2017 President Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
March 20, 2017 Former Attorney General Sally Yates resigns over the Russia probe.
March 22, 2017 Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department, announces the appointment of a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Stephen Boyd.
Rosenstein says in his letter that he was not aware of the president’s communications with Russia.
“In the absence of a smoking gun, I find that the president acted with ‘reckless disregard’ for the constitutional prohibition against self-incrimination, and with a clear preference for the president,” Rosenstein wrote.
March 24, 2017 A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., announces it is investigating whether Trump obstructed the investigation into former national intelligence director James Clapper’s ties to Russia.
March 25, 2017 Congress votes to impeach Trump, but the House of Representatives passes a resolution to let the Senate debate the issue.
The House passed the resolution last month, but it is not expected to come to a vote before the end of the month.
March 26, 2017 After a daylong debate, the Senate votes to remove the president from office.
The Senate votes 59 to 39 to convict Trump of obstruction of the investigation of former national intel director James Comey and one count of perjury.
“The president should have been impeachable,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Oversight Committee.
Chaffetz and others have called for Trump to be removed from office because of the Russia investigation.
March 28, 2017 U.N. Security Council unanimously approves a resolution condemning Trump’s actions in the Russia inquiry.
March 30, 2017 Senate Democrats file a lawsuit on behalf of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Chaffets claims in the lawsuit that the Senate should have tried Flynn first because the president would not have been allowed to resign even if he was impeached by the House.
Chaffetts complaint alleges that Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the election, which he was charged with during Mueller’s investigation.
Chaffet’s lawsuit asks a federal judge to dismiss the complaint.
Chaffett’s lawsuit was filed on behalf by former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former acting Attorney General Michael Flynn and