Trump Impeached by House of Reps



President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This makes Trump just the third impeached president in U.S. history next to Bill Clinton in 1998, and Andrew Johnson in 1868. Neither Clinton nor Johnson were convicted on the charges brought against them and both served the rest of their terms. Based on the current makeup of the Senate (Republican majority), Trump will likely see the same fate. 

Of the 435 Representative positions in the House, 197 are Republicans, 233 are Democrats, 1 is an Independent, and there are 4 vacancies. The House voted on two Articles of Impeachment that will move on to the Senate. Article I: Abuse of Power relates to Trump allegedly pressuring Ukraine into defaming Democratic rivals in the 2020 election to aid his own campaign. Article II: Obstruction of Congress was brought against him as a result of ignoring the House’s impeachment inquiry subpoenas and obstructing testimonies. Regarding Article I: Abuse of Power, 230 voted yea and 197 voted nay. Article II: Obstruction of Congress received 229 yea votes and 198 nay votes. Both required 216 yea votes to pass. 

Arguably the most intriguing aspect of this fleck of modern history is that Trump’s impeachment comes at a unique time in his presidency. Compared to his two impeached predecessors, Clinton did not face impeachment until his second term and Johnson, who only became president following Lincoln’s assassination, chose to not run for reelection in 1868. Trump’s idiosyncratic circumstances present a scenario where he has not only been impeached in his first term, but he is also in the race for the 2020 election. The affect his impeachment will have on the 2020 election seems clear: this could further a divide that encourages his supporters to support him/his campaign, encourages Democrats to campaign strongly against him, and leaves undecided voters with an unforgettable event that will weigh in their minds when they cast their ballots.