Stage 1. Resolution:
A resolution, known as an inquiry of impeachment, is referred to the Judiciary Committee. Or, among other alternatives, a member may introduce a bill of impeachment, to be referred to the committee.
Stage 2. Committee vote:
After considering evidence, the Judiciary Committee votes on a resolution of inquiry stating whether there is enough evidence for impeachment.
Stage 3. House vote:
In this case, the full House would vote whether to approve a Judiciary Committee decision to proceed to a full-blown impeachment hearing.
Stage 4. Hearing:
The Judiciary Committee holds hearings into the accusations, possibly broadening the inquiry into other subjects.
Stage 5. Report:
The committee votes on one or more bills of impeachment and issues a report to the House, setting forth articles of impeachment.
Stage 6. House vote:
The House votes on the bill of impeachment. A simple majority decides whether to bring the case before the Senate. The House can overturn a Judiciary Committee vote in which the majority recommended against impeachment.
Stage 7. Senate trial:
In a trial conducted on the Senate floor, the House Judiciary Committee brings the case against the President, who is defended by his own lawyers. The Senate acts as the jury, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over the trial.
Stage 8. Senate vote:
The Senate votes on each article of impeachment. If a two-thirds majority supports impeachment, the President is removed from office.