Trump’s Impeachment Decision

Katriona Page, Copy Editor

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach sitting President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The decision was the culmination of a day-long debate to determine whether Trump abused his presidential power by attempting to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival, Joe Biden. To pressure Ukraine, Trump withheld congressionally-mandated military aid, a quid pro quo.  

The House voted to impeach Trump on two articles. Entirely along party lines, the first vote, 230-197, found Trump guilty for abuse of power. The second vote, 229-198, impeached him for obstructing Congress’ investigation. 

In the next step of the impeachment process, Trump will go before the Republican-controlled Senate in early January, which will vote on whether or not to actually convict and remove him from office. The Senate must have a two-thirds majority, making it highly unlikely that Trump will get convicted and removed.

This is the first time a president has been impeached in two decades and only the third time in the nation’s history, the other presidents being President Bill Clinton in 1998-1999 and President Andrew Johnson in 1868.