Trump’s Impeachment

Trump's Impeachment

In America, impeachment is when a person in office is accused of misconduct or their validity is questioned. In history, three presidents of the United States have been impeached. One president stepped down from office before he could go on trial. When a president is impeached, Congress holds a trial to determine the future of the president. 

On December 18th, 2019, the 45th president of the United States was charged with abuse of power and control and a count of obstruction of Congress. President Trump was accused of using the levers of the government to use election assistance from the UK to discredit his opposing party.  

What may have happened if the outcome was different? If the court had found President Trump guilty, he would not have been able to rerun for president in the 2020 elections and may have been removed from office. In order for a president to be found guilty, two-thirds of congress must agree on the verdict of the accused. In a normal case, the jury of the court would need to be in complete agreement, or a mistrial would occur. The reasoning behind the two-thirds is that Congress is divided into the democratic party and the republican party. This can lead to some bias concerning the president’s final verdict. In the past, only one president has been found guilty on trial and was removed from office. This president was Bill Clinton, who was charged with perjury, which is lying under oath, and obstruction of Congress, similar to President Donald Trump. 

After the trial held on January 16th, 2020, Trump was acquitted, meaning that the majority of the court found him innocent of his accusations. For America, this means that Trump can be re-elected for a second term in November’s coming elections. He also will remain in office until 2020 elections. 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/what-is-impeachment-process.html
https://www.businessinsider.com/list-of-impeached-us-presidents-2019-12
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/politics/donald-trump-impeachment-election-2020/index.htm