How a Trump impeachment could lead to a Pelosi presidency (opinion) - CNN In defending his actions, Trump has suggested that reporters should look into Vice President Mike Pence's conversations with the Ukrainian president. And the White House has been evaluating whether to release notes of Pence's talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky. All of these developments raise the question of whether Pence could be drawn into the impeachment maelstrom. Should Democratic efforts to remove Trump from office succeed, Pence would succeed to the presidency -- under normal circumstances. Both history and constitutional law, however, suggest that other successors to the office are possible. It all depends on the magnitude and nature of the "bribery" or other "high crimes and misdemeanors" that may or may not be established by congressional investigators.