On February 5th, US senators entered the Capitol building in Washington DC and wrote their responses to a question from Chief Justice John Roberts regarding the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. He had asked, “Senators, how say you? Is the respondent, Donald John Trump, President of the United States, guilty or not guilty?” The senators each stood up and verbally stated one by one whether they considered the President guilty or not guilty. For Article 1, related to abuse of power, forty-eight senators pronounced him guilty, and fifty-two senators found him not guilty. For Article 2, related to obstruction of congress, forty-seven senators declared him guilty, while fifty-two stated he was not guilty. In order for the President to be found guilty of the charges, sixty-seven senators needed to cast guilty votes, so Donald Trump was acquitted (or found not guilty) on both charges.
But did you know …
- The Senator of Utah, Mitt Romney, was the only Republican who voted to convict President Trump. His vote marked the first time in US history that a senator crossed party lines and voted to remove a president from his or her own party!
- The trial was the first impeachment hearing to reach a verdict without calling a single witness.
- In the history of the US, the House of Representatives has impeached nineteen federal officers, and a majority of them were judges!
Published on: 12/21/2019
President Trump Impeached
The United States House of Representatives impeached US President Donald Trump this week, charging him with “high crimes and misdemeanors” and making him the third president in US history to face possible removal from office. What happens next? First, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, will send over the articles, or details, of the impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will then hold a trial to decide whether to convict President Trump and remove him from office.
Curious about the impeachment process and why an inquiry was launched in the first place? Read Xyza’s article called, “What Is An Impeachment Inquiry?” and check out what an impeachment process looks like below.