President Trump’s impeachment concludes

Tommy Yarrish, Managing Online Editor

For the third time in American history, a sitting president has been impeached. The list includes President Andrew Johnson in 1868, President Bill Clinton in 1998, and now President Donald Trump in 2019. 

The House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on December 18, 2019, against President Trump. The first article passed by a 230-197-1 margin in the House of Representatives, and the second 229-198-1.  

Some people may get confused about the difference between impeachment and removing a president. Here’s an info-graphic to make clear the difference between the two:

After Trump was impeached in the House, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi initially held back from sending the Articles over to the Senate for the trial in an attempt to get a fair trial and gain the ability to call witnesses. Since the Republicans control the Senate, Pelosi wanted to try and fight her way for a trial with witnesses rather than a direct vote, which would more than likely result in an acquittal. 

Strategy from the Democrats was not successful as 52 days after the President was impeached, the Senate voted to acquit him. The first article was acquitted 52-48, and the second 53-47, ending a two-week long trial. 

President Trump now focuses on his 2020 campaign, which got off to a solid start with a landslide victory at the Iowa Caucuses. Next up for the President, the New Hampshire primaries on February 11, 2020.