IM·PEACH·MENT

/imˈpēCHmənt/ Noun. The action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something; a charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office.

April 6, 2020

 With all of the polarized news surrounding the media regarding President Donald Trump, it can be hard for students to understand the facts behind the state of his impeachment. Additionally, politically active students like to give their own take on the impeachment, creating an even more confusing narrative for the younger generation. For the students waiting through the misinformation of the impeachment, here are the facts:

 

Key Figures to Note;

Donald Trump

-Current President of the United States

-Republican

-Subject of the impeachment

Nancy Pelosi

-Speaker of the House

-Democrat

-Responsible for sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate for the trial.

John Roberts

-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

-Presided over the impeachment trial

 

Reason: Articles of Impeachment

The grounds for the impeachment of Donald Trump were laid out in two articles, formally known as the Articles of Impeachment. He was charged with high crimes and misdemeanors, including Article 1: Abuse of Power and Article 2: Obstruction of Congress. More specifically, he “corruptly solicited the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden,” as stated in the Articles. He also “released the military and security assistance to the Government of Ukraine, but has persisted in openly and corruptly urging and soliciting Ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit.” In simpler terms, Trump committed acts in secrecy to benefit himself, then tried to halt Congress when they attempted to investigate his wrongdoings.

 

House of Representatives Voting

To decide whether President Trump should be impeached, the United States House of Representatives was responsible for the voting. They voted on each article in the Articles of Impeachment. According to The Washington Post, out of 435 total members in the House of Representatives, the vote for Article I was 230-197 and the vote for Article II was 229-198. A majority vote decided the final decision, meaning he was formally impeached by the House of Representatives. They compiled their reasonings in the Articles of Impeachment and it was then in the hands of Nancy Pelosi to pass it on to the Senate for the impeachment trial.

 

Impeachment Trial

Once the Articles of Impeachment were sent to the Senate by Nancy Pelosi, the Senate had the role of the jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial. They were able to hear both sides of the argument read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Senate then decided if he was going to be convicted or acquitted. This meant that he would either be removed from office or he would serve the rest of his term. To convict and remove Trump from office, there needed to be a two-thirds vote in the Senate. If two-thirds of the Senate did not vote to convict, he would remain  in office for the remainder of his term. 

 

Final Verdict

Finishing After Trial is Complete

 

The Future

Finishing After Trial is Complete

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