News Brief: Donald Trump becomes acquitted after being the third president to be impeached

By RYDER FREEMAN

On Wednesday Feb. 5,  2020 the Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.

Last December Donald Trump became the third president in United States history to become impeached by the House of Representatives. He was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The House Judiciary Committee Chairman claimed that Trump tried to get Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son in return for military aid.

There was only one Republican who broke rank and voted with the Democrats to convict Trump on abuse of power, Utah’s Mitt Romney. Democrats applauded Romney for his act of “moral courage”.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 55% of registered voters think that the acquittal does not clear Trump of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter.

Impeachment is not the removal from office. If he had been convicted by at least 67 of the 100 senators, then he would be removed from office. Since the Senate acquitted Trump, he will remain in office.

After the acquittal, Trump claimed the trial to be a “disgrace.”

He then took to Twitter and posted a video showing him running for president every 4 years beyond  2048. The final image showed a campaign poster with the slogan “TRUMP 4EVA.”

On Thursday Feb. 6 he delivered a celebratory speech where he attacked his accusers.

Trump is running for reelection in 2020 and will be the first impeached president to run for reelection.

Featured Photo: Image of an American flag in a high school classroom on the Redlands East Valley high school campus, taken on Feb. 26, 2020.

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