Trump’s Impeachment Trial Ends

Benjamin Haslam, Copy Editor

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The Trump impeachment has continued to escalate and progress, and a trial has finally begun and is now in progress as of January 21. September 24, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi submitted an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The President has been accused of abusing the Presidential power and Obstruction of Congress. The President has denied any wrongdoing and objected to the accusations. President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team on Tuesday wrapped up three days of opening arguments at his Senate trial but questions remained over whether senators will hear new witnesses, especially former national security adviser John Bolton.

Saturday February 1 the Senate voted on whether they would hear from witnesses or not, and voted against it. After the vote, the House managers and the President’s defense wrapped up their closing arguments. The trial adjourned February 3, and the Senate prepared its final judgement.

Finally Wednesday February 5 Senators voted on the final acquittal of President Trump. The vote was largely along party lines. Two-thirds of the Senate would have been required to convict Trump and remove him from office. This has never happened before in the history of the United States of America, and it was not expected to happen to Trump. The final vote was 52-48 against the article 1 abuse of power accusation and 53-47 against the article 2 obstruction of Congress. Even with the unexpected vote in favor of impeachment from Mitt Romney, the vote was 19 short from the necessary 67 votes to impeach Trump.