What happens in an impeachment case

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
09/11/98 8:47 PM Eastern

The impeachment process:

The House has initial responsibility for weighing impeachment cases -- something like a grand jury in a criminal case.

In the Clinton case, the House Judiciary Committee will take Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report and decide whether it merits impeachment proceedings.

In addition to reviewing Starr's evidence, the committee could take its own depositions, issue subpoenas and conduct hearings. Then the committee would vote on "articles of impeachment," which are like charges in a criminal trial.

The articles then would go to the full House. If an impeachment article is approved by majority vote, the case would go to the Senate.

The Senate would then conduct a trial. The chief justice would preside. A two-thirds vote would be needed to remove the president from office.