The 4 impeachment scenarios

How an impeachment inquiry is likely to play out — and what it would mean for Donald Trump

President Trump.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Though a contingent of congressional Democrats have long pushed for impeachment proceedings on a variety of bases, it was allegations that Trump coerced the president of Ukraine into investigating the Biden family which finally overcame Pelosi's longstanding resistance to the idea. Now that the process is underway, there are four ways it can go.

1. There's an inquiry but no impeachment.

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