Senate Acquits Trump of Impeachment Articles


Tate W., Sports Editor

After a tedious three-week-long trial, impeachment has come to a conclusion. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Senate concluded their trial by acquitting President Trump of both articles of impeachment. The vote needed a two-thirds majority in order to pass and remove Trump from office, and with a Republican-controlled Senate, the vote failed to reach that majority under either article.

With the exception of one outlier, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the senators voted along party lines which resulted in a 48-52 split on the abuse of power charge, and a 47-53 split on the obstruction of Congress charge. Romney voted yes on the abuse of power article and was the only Republican senator to do so.

AHS social studies teacher Mark Condit offered his take on impeachment by explaining some of the untold and often unknown details of impeachment. “If you look at polling, there is a fundamental misunderstanding about what impeachment means vs. what removal means. A lot of Americans conflate the two things, and they aren’t the same. So, support for impeachment might be higher at one point than another, whereas if you ask a question about removal suddenly those numbers change.”

In response to Senator Adam Schiff’s arguments toward removing Trump, Condit said, “I think Representative Schiff was attempting to lay as much fire as possible. His attempts to tie President Trump’s actions in Ukraine with Russian meddling in our elections works well because it plays on fears of ours and exposes us to the idea that we are now exposed to threats from Russia.”

When asked about his personal opinion on impeachment, Condit said, “The question that’s presented is: are these impeachable offenses? My own opinion would be yes it is. However, the question that is now laid in front of the senate is: Is it removable? Those are not necessarily the same answer.”

AHS senior Kurt B. also offered a few words about the Senate trial. “It was definitely a political mistake for Pelosi to have sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate in the first place. With a Republican controlled Senate, there was no way that removal would actually pass. Favorability toward impeachment swings in favor of the current ruling, so when the articles fail to pass in the Senate, Trump’s favorability will probably go up. I am fully in support of removal, but getting it to pass is very unlikely,” said Kurt.

As of now, it is hard to tell what the political consequences of this entire impeachment process will be. The impact of impeachment could go either way for Trump in the 2020 election. It certainly looks bad on record as Trump is one of the three presidents to have ever been impeached in American history, but it is hard to say whether or not that will deter his strong base of rural voters. What is known, however, is that the effects of impeachment won’t be fully realized until November.