As of Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, the House of Representatives had voted for Trump to be impeached, bringing two articles of impeachment against him. Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld from sending the articles immediately, in hopes of ensuring non-partisan rules for the Senate trial. She finally sent the articles to the House on January 15. President Trump has criticized Pelosi for her actions, saying “It just belittles the process.”
The crux of the impeachment case is the allegation that President Donald Trump attempted to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine to defend against Russian military aggression, to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
President Trump seems unfazed by the case against him, as shown by one of his tweets concerning Pelosi: “She will go down as perhaps the least successful Speaker in U.S. History!” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to agree with him, referring to the impeachment as “naked partisanship.”
Senate Republicans have stated that they will reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump, as Trump himself has suggested. The Republicans control the Senate, 53-47, and will most likely acquit Trump. However, if four of the GOP senators vote with the Democrats, it would be enough for the Democrats to win with a majority.
It seems as though President Trump is unlikely to be removed from office, although a chance for this still remains. There’s a lot of controversy about the decision to impeach him, with the GOP party saying it’s “unfair” and “unconstitutional.” However, the Democrats seem to have a strong case as to why the impeachment is justified. The results will likely influences
The trial will likely have concluded shortly after the time of this writing. According to officials, it is likely to finish before February 4th. If the Senate does vote to remove Trump from office, Vice President Michael Pence will take the place of Donald Trump.
By Elliott Weix