The Articles of Impeachment have made its way through the senate


The Senate has chosen to acquit President Donald Trump while the House has made the decision to impeach the President.

Pia Lyhne, Ranger Review Reporter

The United States watches as the Senate decides on whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office. After discussing the topic for about a week and a half, they have finally come to a decision. 

The impeachment process starts in the House of Representatives where they are to gather evidence to support the reason of wanting to impeach the president. That information, the articles of impeachment, is then sent to the Senate. They review the evidence and vote to either acquit, or remove the president from office. 

The House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by the democratic party, began the impeachment process on November 13, 2019, charging the president with two Articles of Impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. 

On December 18, the House made the decision to impeach Trump by passing two articles of impeachment, according to Business Insider. Typically, the House would send the Articles of Impeachment over to the Senate almost immediately after making a decision. Nancy Pelosi held onto the impeachment articles for another 29 days before handing them over to the Senate after making a decision. 

The Senate reviewed the articles of impeachment and the Houses’ defense on their reason for wanting to impeach the president and why the Senate should remove him from office, all of which is happening during an election year. In order for the president to be removed from office, there would need to be a ⅔ vote on the Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. 

On the first article of impeachment, Abuse of Power, 52 Republicans voted against removal and 48 Democrats voted to remove President Trump. On the second article of impeachment, Obstruction of Congress, 53 Republicans voted not to remove the president while 47 Democrats voted to remove Trump from office. 

For the first time in history, Americans have had a presidential impeachment based 100% on partisan lines. Never before has there been a president impeached by only one political party. President Nixon was impeached by a bipartisan vote, as was President Clinton in the 1990s. Why is this time so different? 

The Founders of the Constitution made it so that one political party could not impeach a president alone. They need the approval of the other side as well which would be a bipartisan impeachment. 

Ever since Trump was sworn into office, the two political parties have become more and more divided, making it nearly impossible for them to properly work together. 

As of February 5, 2020, the Senate has made the decision to acquit President Donald Trump, meaning that he will not be removed from office. The Impeachment Trials have finally come to an end.