Donald Trump’s Impeachment

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On Dec. 18, President Donald Trump was voted to be impeached. Over the course of many years, President Donald Trump had been involved in several illicit scandals, many of which had been dismissed by his supporters. In August, a whistleblower made alleged assertions against President Donald Trump, and within a few months, an investigation involving the House of Representatives began. By December, Democratic leaders from the house had voted to impeach President Donald Trump, and in January, the case was progressed up to the Republican-controlled Senate.

The official allegations against President Donald Trump were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House Intelligence Committee released a report on the findings of the investigation, and eventually, the Judiciary Committee drafted two articles of impeachment which outlined his unlawful actions. Specifically, President Donald Trump’s impeachment followed a formal House inquiry which found that he had sought help from the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election. He was accused of withholding military aid to convince the Ukrainian government to publicly begin a corruption investigation on Joe Biden, a democratic candidate for the 2020 election. 

According to the constitution, senators are required to serve as jurors in order to decide whether or not to convict the president and remove him from office. They will base their decisions on what the House has charged him with, which in this case, is the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It took the course of a week to come to a conclusion, in which each side explained their position for three days. After days of heated debate, senators get two days to question the opposing side only in writing. Chief Justice John G. Roberts read them out loud, to which President Donald Trump’s lawyers and prosecutors responded to.

Finally, this month, the Senate acquitted Trump on both charges, drawing the end of a monumental trial. Both articles failed to reach even a majority of votes, let alone reach the 67-vote threshold required for removal from office. Though Trump has called these results a “victory” against a “hoax,” there have been questions over whether the House Democrats will subpoena Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to continue the investigation. How this historic trial manifests in the nearing 2020 elections is the next question dominating the current US political discourse. 

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