President Donald Trump was acquitted Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Senate of charges that said he abused his power in office and obstructed Congress. Democrats fell far short of the two-thirds majority required to remove Trump from office, as senators voted 52 to 48 to acquit him on the abuse-of-power allegation and 53 to 47 to clear him of obstruction. In December 2019, the House of Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. President Trump has officially been the third president in United States history to be impeached by the House.
The first article he was charged of was Abuse of Power; the article states that “Using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his advantage.”
The second article was the Obstruction of Congress due to the fact that President Trump instructed federal employees from responding to the subpoenas by the House during the impeachment inquiry. In the second article, it states that “through these actions, President Trump sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine the propriety, scope, and nature of an impeachment inquiry into his own conduct, as well as the unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the House of Representatives in the exercise of its “sole Power of Impeachment”. In the history of the Republic, no President has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.”
In December, the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, made it clear to members of the house and to the public that this was very saddening news that she did not look forward to doing. Most Democrats and Republicans voted along their party lines. However, Tulsi Gabbard decided to vote present in a roll call vote. Seeing that Speaker Pelosi was trying her best to make the vote on impeachment a non-partisan vote, Gabbard’s action was frowned up. Gabbard claims that she could not vote in good conscience on impeachment, but almost all members of the House have made it clear on where they stand with impeachment.
The White House released a statement called the impeachment “one of the most shameful political episodes” in history of the country and now has since then celebrated his acquittal.
While many thought the House impeachment was final, President Trump remained the president of the country prior to this long trial by the Senate. Had the Senate voted against Trump, he would have been removed from office leaving Vice President Mike Pence to be the next president of the United States.