This is what happens if Donald Trump is impeached (just in case)

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Just in case Trump were to leave office any time soon, here’s a list of his successors, as outlined in The Succession Act 1947.

Obviously, Trump's presidency is going really, really smoothly with absolutely no troubles. None whatsoever. Tremendous.

But no one was ever hurt by thinking hypothetically.

If Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence would take his place.

Arrangements handling any further than that have changed over time – and throughout US history, the line of succession has never gone further than the vice president. 

Here's the list of his successors:

1. Vice President Pence

2. House Speaker, Paul Ryan

3. President pro tempore of the Senate, Orrin Hatch

4. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

5. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin

6. Defense Secretary, James Mattis

7. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions

8. Acting Secretary of the Interior, Kevin Haugrud 

9. Acting Agriculture Secretary, Michael Scuse 

10. Commerce Secretary (vacant seat; nominee Wilbur Ross has not been confirmed)

11. Acting Labor Secretary, Ed Hugler 

12. Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price

13. Acting Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Craig Clemmensen

14. Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao

15. Acting Energy Secretary, Grace Bochenek 

16. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos

17. Veteran Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin

18. Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly


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