What is Next for the Impeachment Process?



Now that President Trump has been impeached in the House, it is up to the Senate to decide if Trump gets kicked out of office.

Lauren Klemowich, Staff Writer

The 45th President of the United States has been formally impeached in the House of Representatives and is only the third President of the United States to get impeached in the House. However, upon some popular belief, Donald Trump has not been thrown out of office or being persecuted in a criminal trial because of this impeachment. 

President Trump is being accused of having Ukraine help him in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election and find damaging information to go against one of the many Democratic candidates, Joe Biden. It is also believed that to make Ukraine do what President Trump wanted, Trump would claim to Ukraine that he would withhold millions of dollars in military aid that was supposed to go to Ukraine.

The 2020 election for president is right around the corner. Many seniors in the class of 2020 will be able to vote in this election and finally have their voices heard. If the impeachment goes completely through, it will drastically affect this coming election with Trump being out of the office and Mike Pence coming in to replace him. Some may even say that Vice President Mike Pence is even more extreme in his views than Donald Trump.

The Democrats in the House believed Trump’s actions were an abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Because of these allegations, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, decided to move on with the impeachment inquiry. 

Once the formal inquiry and investigation were done and the Judiciary Committee of the House drafted two formal articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of justice, the final debate and vote on the impeachment was dealt with. 

Nancy Pelosi announced on September 24th that she was going forward with the impeachment process. On December 18th, the House finally conducted the vote, meaning the impeachment process took almost three months to be completed.

On the day of the vote, the poll was extremely partisan, with mostly every representative going along with what their party was doing. Only two Democrats voted against the article of abuse of power. Three Democrats also voted against obstruction of justice.

Overall, for article one, 230 representatives voted yes and 197 voted no. For article two, 229 representatives voted yes while 198 representatives voted no.  

Once the vote in the House was conducted, it is now the Senate’s job to decide if Donald Trump should be removed from office. However, as of writing this article, Nancy Pelosi has not sent over the articles of impeachment. This has stalled the impeachment process completely. Pelosi decided to hold out on the articles in order to try and negotiate the terms of the trial. 

“Such atrocious lies by the radical left, do nothing Democrats. This is an assault on America, and an assault on the Republican party” states President Donald Trump.

Unlike the House, where Democrats have a stronghold, the Senate is controlled by the Republicans. This means that most likely the impeachment will get stopped in the Senate due to the fact that President Donald Trump is also a Republican. Even if this does happen, there will be a permanent stain on Trump’s presidency that kids for decades to come will learn about.

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