Impeachment

On February 6th, 2020, a vote was held in the Senate to impeach President Donald Trump. The charges were, “Obstruction of Congress” and “Abuse of Power.” The President was acquitted of both charges. Even before the impeachment trial, many knew that a full removal from office was unlikely for multiple reasons.

For one, the vote was very unlikely to pass for successful impeachment, let alone removal, as the two chambers of congress have clashing majorities, with a Democrat majority in the House of Representatives, and a Republican majority in the Senate. Secondly, Trump’s approval rating went upwards and, infact, peaked during the impeachment process. According to a recent Gallup poll, both those who affiliated themselves with the Republican party, and in the general politically active population, his approval rating peaked at around 49%, the highest since going into office according to FoxNews.

The outcome may or may not have been what was hoped, but this event was historic, regardless. Donald Trump is only the 3rd president to have been impeached; the other two being Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. None were removed from office.

Only one Republican senator voted to convict Donald Trump: 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney of Utah. Romney was called a “traitor” by his own party, and by President Trump. The charge on which he voted to convict the President was abuse of power.