Here are 5 things you need to know about Trump’s impeachment
1. The verdict
On December 18, the house of representatives ended up impeaching Trump. But in the US political system, the final decision is taken by the senate. Last Wednesday, after 5 months, Trump’s impeachment trial finally ended with the Senate vote. In a very close call (52 to 48 and 53 to 47), senators ended up acquitting President Trump.
2. What was Trump accused of?
With the help of a whistleblower, news got out that Donald Trump was putting pressure on Ukraine to find controversial information on Joe Biden, his main competition for the 2020 elections. President Donald Trump was also accused of dismissing the political structure by withholding 400 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine, even though that amount was already allocated by Congress. Furthermore, he was accused of blocking witnesses and documents that were sought by the House of Representatives. All of that lead to his impeachment by the House of Representatives on the grounds of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
3. Only one Republican voted “guilty” to those two counts
As predicted, the vast majority of Republicans voted “not guilty”, which is why it came as a shocker that Mitt Romney who ran for the republican party for the 2012 presidency ended up voting against Donald Trump. As you can see from the tweet below (Trump’s favourite way of expressing his opinions), the US president was not pleased with Mitt Romney.
4. Donald Trump is only the third US president to be impeached
As of today, only three US presidents were impeached by the House of representatives, Andrew Johnson, the 13th president, Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, and Donald Trump, the 45th current US president who was elected in 2016. For a president to be dismissed of his position, 2/3 of the Senate has to vote “guilty” to what the president is accused of. The “2/3” rule could explain why no US president has ever been removed from his position.
5. What now?
Now that Trump has been acquitted, he will remain in office till his presidential mandate which ends in November 2020. But, following his impeachment, Trump’s power might be enhanced, he could emerge stronger. Now that he is acquitted, he could ask himself what could stop him in his quest for power. Americans will have a chance to vote on November 3rd, allowing them to voice their opinion on the current administration or request a change.