Trump’s Impeachment Trials

Alexis Adler, Political Correspondent

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President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial concluded Wednesday, February 5, 2020. He was acquitted by the United States Senate. On the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, the vote was 48 to convict to 52 to acquit. On the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, the vote was 47 to convict to 53 to acquit. Only one senator,Republican of Utah Mitt Romney, broke party lines when he voted to convict President Trump on the first article of impeachment. How did it all come to this and what led to the decisions of the senators? What was the evidence presented and what influenced the only non partisan vote.

“We have impeached the President. Our House has spoken,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Senators questioned the impeachment managers and President Trump’s lawyers for about eight hours on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Senators spent a total of 16 hours over two days to probe House impeachment managers as well as the White House defense team, which had three days each to deliver their arguments.

Among the surprising arguments was one by Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer for President Trump, who said that, “If the president does something that he thinks will help him get elected, in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”

President Trump quoted a portion of the testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland as he departed the White House that Wednesday: “I want nothing. I want nothing,” Mr. Trump read to reporters outside the White House. “I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky, President Zelensky, to do the right thing.”

Facing mounting criticism for pushing a quick trial, the Republicans were looking to reverse the narrative and instead blame Democrats for the process. But the strategy is less about the Senate trial and more about winning an all-important messaging strategy in a pivotal election year when Trump will face the challenge of facing re-election after being impeached. “There’s no risk to the strategy,” said Doug Heye, a veteran Republican strategist, who didn’t vote for Trump. “You’re both demonstrating you can be reasonable while calling their bluff.”

Debate over President Trump’s removal from office resumed in the Senate on Tuesday morning as the president prepared to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber, where he was impeached in December, that evening. The State of the Union Address (sometimes abbreviated to SOTU) is an annual message delivered by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress at the beginning of each calendar year in office. The theme of Trump’s speech Tuesday night was “the Great American Comeback,” a signal that he is eager to move forward after the impeachment proceedings.

Political strategists believe that the coming months will be pivotal in answering the questions that we all are asking. Will the president be emboldened and benefit? His he still happy. In the Iowa Republican primaries, President Trump got 97% of precincts. But he had three competitors who are largely not even known to the public.

What’s expected to come of all this? Will the president now think he can do whatever he wants? Will this help the president and hurt the Democrats? Or, will it hurt the president and help the Democrats take the Senate and the presidency come November? Stay tuned!!!

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