Everything you need to know about Trump’s impeachment trial

Trump (left) during the impeachment trial. Photo credit: Unsplash

Trump (left) during the impeachment trial. Photo credit: Unsplash

Macey MacArthur

The 45th President of the United States has caused a countrywide spectacle, drawing attention to himself with tweets, extreme opinions, and famously inappropriate quotes about his treatment of women. However one may feel about the current POTUS, staying up to date on current events is very important, and right now we are in the midst of an impeachment trial that has everyone talking. 

 

What does impeachment mean?

A common misconception is that impeachment means immediate removal from office, but this is not the case. The House of Representatives works like a grand jury to collect evidence, hear testimonies, and draft “charges,” or articles of impeachment. Next, the Senate holds a trial where both sides present their cases with the senators acting as judges. If two-thirds of senators vote to convict the president of charges brought on by the House, only then is he or she removed from office.

 

Why did Trump get impeached? 

Trump was investigated for impeachment after an anonymous member of the intelligence community lodged a complaint in early September that Trump, through a series of events including a phone call made on July 25, used “The power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” 

 

The acquittal 

After nearly five months of investigations and hearings about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, President Donald J. Trump was acquitted on Wednesday of all charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress, bringing an end to the impeachment trial. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican to vote for Trump’s removal. 

 

What happens next?

Though the country will surely remain divided over opinions on what should have happened in the trial, or what may have actually happened with Ukraine, the 45th President of the United States of America will remain in office for the remainder of his term.