Donald J. Trump Impeachment Hearings


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President Donald Trump was only the 3rd President to have a Senate impeachment trial

A few weeks ago president Donald Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives. In order to be removed from office the president must be impeached in the Senate as well. So far, Donald Trump has yet to be found guilty in the Senate. The only other presidents that have been impeached in the House are Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. 


The first Senate hearing occurred on September 17, where the Republicans fought the Democratic House Managers on Tuesday. There they talked about the rules of trial to come. While this was the main topic, Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s Chair, took the chance to lay out all of his evidence on why Trump should be removed from the White House. As expected, the Republicans fought back saying Trump did nothing wrong and that the Democrats are the ones who should be prosecuted. The Republicans believed that the Democrats are  having a biased investigation through the Senate.


Trump was impeached in the House on December 18 of 2019 with articles of “obstruction of congress and abuse of power.” Both of them relate to how Donald Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, into announcing “probes” about Trump’s main opponent, Joe Biden, in order to get leverage in the polls. Joe Biden is a former vice president so showed the most popularity in the polls for the president of 2020. 


On January 25, 2020 the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel put out the trial guidelines after he claimed he would try to mimic the proceedings from president Bill Clinton’s 1998 trial. The Democrats quickly said that would not be satisfactory, especially the time constraints set on the two sides to make their cases. Before the House managers a defense team could start the debate Mitch McConnel said he would move to the table to ignore the amendments that would “force premature decisions on mid-trial questions.” Schumer immediately said that “This resolution will go down as one of the darker moments in Senate history. 


On February 2, 2020 both parties stated their opinions but they both had the idea the Senate would acquit Trump since the Senate is all republicans and are for Trump. After both sides finished with their final statements the Judge made the big decision. After a while of contemplating the Senate decided to acquit Trump. This meant Trump would not be taken out of office and would not be impeached in the Senate. Although the democrats were not happy Trump was excited that he could stay in office and run for the 2020 president.