Here’s What You Can Expect Now That President Trump Has Been Impeached By The House Of Representatives
Last night, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The historic votes on two articles of impeachment make President Trump the third president to ever be impeached in the U.S. He is also the first Republican president and the first president in his first term to ever be impeached. Here’s how it went down.
Last night, President Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan while the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.
Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment last night. The first was for abuse of power related to his asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to benefit his reelection efforts. The second article fo impeachment was for obstruction of Congress related to him telling staffers that were subpoenaed to testify to ignore the subpoenas and not testify. Both articles passed with a majority of the votes officially impeaching Trump.
Impeachment does not mean that Trump will be removed from office, however, the impeachment will follow him forever.
In order for President Trump to be removed from office, there needs to be a 2/3 vote in the Senate following a trial on the articles of impeachment. While it is unclear if the Senate will hold a legitimate trial, the vote for impeachment is going to follow Trump the rest of his life. He will forever be marked in history books as an impeached president.
There was a lot of celebration from people on social media that the House of Representatives voted to defend free and fair elections in the future.
President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have jeopardized the sanctity of U.S. elections and has tarnished the reputation of the nation in the world. By asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political opponent to benefit his reelection is a clear attack on democracy.
However, some people have questions about what impeachment means if he is not removed from office.
A simple impeachment is not enough to get a president out of office. However, impeachment is something that will never disappear. His place in the history books will be one of impeachment for corruption and attempting to influence a U.S. election with foreign assistance.
The next step would be a trial in the Senate to determine if the presidnet is removed from office.
The Constitution states that the Senate has the responsibility to hold a trial to determine if the articles of impeachment warrant removing the president from office. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already let the country know that a legitimate trial is not likely.
“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it,” McConnell told reporters according to NPR. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mentioned that the articles of impeachment would be withheld from the Senate.
Pelosi told reporters that the House would not be appointing impeachment managers and sending the articles to the Senate. Pelosi is withholding the articles until they had a better idea of what the trial would look like. Some people are calling for Pelosi to use the same tactic that McConnell used against President Obama when it came to appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Other people have an issue with the pressure on Nancy Pelosi to act while the Senate ignores the will of the American people.
The Senate has refused to call witnesses for a legitimate trial on the impeachment. Polls show that the American people want a full and thorough investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. It is to the benefit of the country to have a full and legitimate investigation to bring all of the facts forward.
President Trump reacted to the impeachment news by deflecting and trying to downplay the historic votes to impeach him.
“They happen to have a small majority, and they took that small majority and they forced people,” the president told reporters according to NBC. “Many of those people were like Jeff, where they didn’t want to vote that way,” he added. “But it doesn’t feel — to me, it doesn’t feel like impeachment.”
Trump’s cries that the impeachment proceedings are disenfranchising voters is furthering the argument that the Electoral College has done the same.
Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in the popular vote by 2 million votes. The Electoral College has undercut the popular vote in several elections benefiting Republicans every time. It is something that Americans have become more and more frustrated with since votes are not being counted appropriately.
In the face of a hostile Senate threatening to give President Trump a pass, Pelosi stands firm in her decision to move forward with impeachment.
What do you think about the current impeachment process?