An explanation of Trump’s impeachment process

Written By Logan Dubil, Staff Writer

The concept of impeachment was implemented into the Constitution to remove any sitting civil officer from office for committing a crime. Numerous individuals have experienced the impeachment process for a handful of reasons. However, when it comes to offices with higher levels of power, such as the President of the United States, it is expected that these elected persons serve with a higher level of regard to his or her duty.

Due to the spotlight increase, it is extremely rare for a president to go through the impeachment process, as the past men who served have put more effort in following the law.

In fact, the United States only impeached Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, the 17th and 42nd Presidents of the United States, respectively.

On Dec. 18 of last year, President Donald J. Trump joined Johnson and Clinton on the list.

After hours of providing statements and debating, Trump was impeached. The impeachment process is extremely time consuming and difficult for a country to deal with, including hearings, trials and possibly a conviction.

As a result, it is important not to rush the process. Members of the House of Representatives went back and forth in an attempt to shed some light on the situation at hand.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, said during the final vote: “You do not uphold our constitution. You do not uphold your oath of office. Well, I will tell you this, I will uphold mine. I will vote to impeach Donald Trump.”

Schiff was not the only one who believed that removing Trump from office was necessary.

“I could not be prouder or more inspired by — than by the moral courage of the House Democrats,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said.

At the end of the process’ first step, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President on two accounts: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. This article serves to explain Trump’s impeachment in depth, providing details about the before, during, and after of the House’s vote.

Trump’s first account, Abuse of Power, regarded his interactions with Ukraine. He requested Ukraine’s help to ensure his re-election this upcoming November. Trump asked Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation regarding Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The vote on whether to impeach Trump based on his Abuse of Power came down to 230 yes and 197 nos.

His second account is Obstruction of Congress, Congress accused Trump of refusing to permit staff members to testify. The vote on whether to impeach Trump based on his Obstruction of Justice came down to 229 yes and 198 nos.

However, Trump is still serving as the United States President. When impeachment is passed, it does not mean they are immediately removed from office. The concept of impeachment is a vote to press charges against a civil officer. Since the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President, it is now up to the Senate to decide if Trump is convicted or not. In order to do so, the Senate requires 2/3 of its members to support his conviction.

If the Senate votes to convict Trump, his days in the oval office are over, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to take his place. The probability of this happening is extremely low, considering the Senate has a Republican majority.

If the Senate does not vote to convict Trump, he will, like he is now, continue to serve as the 45th President of the United States.

On Jan. 15, the House of Representatives voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Chief Justice John Roberts was then sworn in to conduct the trial. Less than a week later, on Jan. 21, the Senate passed a resolution on the ground rules and how the trial will take place.

The next day marked the start of the trial that determines who will lead the country until the next election, Trump or Pence. Both the Democratic and Republican parties were given the opportunity to provide statements in hopes of taking down or saving Trump.

The Senate must now vote to convict Trump of his accused crimes. If 67 members of the Senate vote agree that Trump is guilty, Pence will take over. If not, Trump serves until his term ends or until his possible re-election.

As stated before, Trump has the votes to remain in office, due to the Republican majority in the Senate.