President Trump Impeached

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​After an 85-day long impeachment inquiry, the House of Representatives, in a historical vote, impeached the 45th president of the United States, Donald John Trump, Dec. 18. Trump is only the third president to ever be impeached.

​The process for impeachment is complex, with steps being taken on multiple different levels. For a president to be impeached, the House of Representatives must pass one or more “articles of impeachment” with a majority vote. Passing the impeachment means that the House feels there is enough evidence or facts to warrant putting the president on trial. The trial will occur within the Senate, and the senators will decide whether the president will be taken out of office.

​“President Trump has been impeached following an almost strict, party-line vote in the House on two impeachment articles, ‘abuse of power’ and ‘contempt of Congress’,” Carolyn Frischman, U.S. government teacher, said. “This is all related to the investigation as to whether or not he withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for a personal or political favor. He will go on trial in the Senate after the first of the year. In the Senate, however, unlike the House, the president’s party [Republicans] have the majority vote, so they are very unlikely to convict him and remove him from office.”

​Opinions are divided on the new development. While some are in support, many are questioning the worth and benefits of the decision to impeach Trump.

“I am against the impeachment because Mike Pence, the vice president, is not any better than Trump,” Sara Sarigiannis ‘21 said. “I do not think it will end up accomplishing much. Donald Trump most likely will not be kicked out of office so it is just a waste of time.”

Not all are against the impeachment, however. For some, the impeachment represents just one small step in the right direction.

“I support the impeachment,” Joseph Arbel ‘21 said. “I do not feel that he [Trump] has accomplished much while in office. The economy may be better, but that is the only thing he has really done while in office. I am glad he was impeached even though I do not feel anything will come of it.”

The official trial with the senate is set to occur sometime after the beginning of the year. No matter the outcome, President Trump’s impeachment is bound to leave a big mark on history.

“It is already a big and sobering moment in history,” Frischman said. “President Trump, even if the Senate exonerates him as expected, will forever be included in the history books as one of only three American presidents to be impeached. It is a huge blemish on a president’s record, despite other political successes they have during their time in office.”

As of press time, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. has not committed to passing on the articles of impeachment to the Senate