The end of the impeachment trial. The impeachment explained for dummies.
The story. February 5: the Senate had to vote whether to condemn Trump or acquit him. Why? The House of Representatives accused him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But the majority of Senators said Trump is ‘not guilty’. This means Trump gets to keep his job.
Reminder. What did Trump do?
Trump talked to Ukraine’s president about having the country investigate former democrat VP Joe Biden (now his main political rival) and his son for corruption. All this in exchange for military aid to Ukraine ($400 million).
Trump says that Joe’s son was getting $50,000 a month from a Ukrainian company called Burisma. His work there coincided with Joe’s pressure to fire the Ukrainian attorney general who was investigating Burisma.
What we don’t know. If what Trump says is true.
This is how the impeachment process went.
- The House of Representatives (controlled by democrats) voted and decided to impeach Trump. Yes, to pressure a foreign country for personal/political benefit is illegal.
- The case is moved to Senate for a trial. A trial would require a two-thirds majority — 67 senators — to convict and remove the president. The problem. The Senate is controlled by Republicans (like Trump).
- The Senate voted and said ‘not guilty’ (not a big surprise).
The end. The final vote was 52-48 on the abuse of power article and 53-47 on the obstruction of Congress charge. The trial has now concluded, and Donald Trump, the third American President to be impeached, is in the clear.
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