After almost five months, the impeachment trial against Donald Trump has ended in an acquittal.
This means an end to the impeachment process, and that Trump will remain in office and as President of the United States.
Trump’s impeachment trial has ended in an acquittal, meaning he will remain President until the November election. Trump has described the impeachment as a “hoax”.
A 67-vote majority in the US Senate was needed in order to convict the President and have him removed from office.
Yet the Senate voted not guilty by a margin of 52-48 on the first article of impeachment (abuse of power), and 53-47 on the second article of impeachment (obstruction of Congress).
Whilst Trump’s record will always show that he was impeached, it will also display that he was acquitted of the charges against him. Trump will now remain in office until the next election, this coming November.
Whilst Trump technically could be impeached again, it won’t happen. The Democrats needed a certain amount of Republican senators to call new witnesses as part of the Senate trial, and it’s never going to happen.
In terms of what it means for the upcoming election, the Democrats could potentially be punished by US voters who believed the trial was a waste of time.
Or, on the other hand, the Republicans could be punished by Americans who thought that Trump was deserving of impeachment. But then again, those people were probably already Democrat-voters.
ICYMI, Trump was impeached because he was accused of pressuring the Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the interference of the 2016 presidential election.
Whilst a majority of the senators expressed “unease” at Trump’s actions, it did not sway them enough to vote to impeach the President.
Responding to the acquittal, Trump described it as: “our country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!”
Shortly after this, he Tweeted this video, insinuating his view that his presidency would not be ending any time soon:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
In news of a more successful eviction, Trump’s cameo was recently removed from Home Alone 2, and the President was not happy.
A list of musicians, including Queen, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and Rihanna, have also banned Trump from playing their music at his events.