Trump under the microscope as impeachment inquiry goes public

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-11-13 15:26

Impeachment by the numbers

The next phase of the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump has started, and now the whole world is watching.

Following weeks of conversations behind closed doors, the first public hearings began today into whether Trump abused his power as the president to try to attack a political rival.

Journalists, camera-operators and photographers sit together in on the floor of a room

Members of the media capture the first moments of the inquiry in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Members of the House of Representatives are investigating whether Trump pressured a foreign government — Ukraine — to dig up dirt on former vice-president Joe Biden.

Biden is hoping to run against Trump in next year’s presidential election.

The impeachment hearings are being streamed live on YouTube, CBC News Network, Twitter and other platforms.

What’s at stake?

Well, Trump could lose his job, but a lot has to happen first.

Watch this video by CBC Kids News contributor Campbell Baron to understand what impeachment is all about.

Impeachment by the numbers


The number of whistleblowers who’ve contributed to the investigation so far. (A whistleblower is a person who raises the alarm when they believe somebody has broken the rules.)


The date when Trump called the leader of Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky, and allegedly pressured him to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden.

$400 million

The approximate amount of aid money Trump is alleged to have withheld from Ukraine as a way to pressure the Ukrainian leader to do what Trump wanted.

The money was earmarked for military aid and was approved by Congress, to help Ukraine, which is involved in a conflict with Russia.


The number of politicians in the House of Representatives who voted yes to opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump.


The number who voted no.


The number of public hearings scheduled for this week.


The number of witnesses scheduled to testify so far.


The date when lawmakers hope to wrap up the public impeachment hearings.


The number of times the House of Representatives has opened impeachment hearings into a U.S. president’s actions.

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