The Impeachment of Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was going through a trial to be impeached on December 18, 2019. The case made it through the House, but they had to go through the Senate before President Trump could be officially impeached. In a final vote of 48 to 52 for Abuse of Power and a vote of 47 to 53 for Obstruction of Congress, President Trump was acquitted and not removed from office. Impeachment itself does not remove the official definitively from office; it is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is essentially the statement of charges against the official.

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the U.S.A. He was elected in 2016 and ran against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Trump was impeached by the House for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump getting impeached was the first impeachment since Bill Clinton on December 19, 1998. Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office.  He is in trial in the white house in the lower chamber.

An impeachment trial is carried out in the Senate, with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding if the impeachment involves the President. Impeachment can expand beyond senior members of the White House. The crux of the case against him is the allegation that he withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president. 

The impeachment works by the founders of the United States feared presidents abusing their powers, so in The Constitution they included a process for removing one from office high crimes and misdemeanors have historically encompassed corruption and abuses of the public trust, as opposed to indictable violations of criminal statutes. Trump is still president and all the citizens opposed to him can do is wait for the next elections. Trump has made a speech to keep him the president with only one vote for him to be impeached. Since Trump has been acquitted, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been kicked out of the White House because he was a central witness in the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump.