Senate Declines to Remove Trump from Office


Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

President Trump holds up news of his acquittal in the Senate.

Donald Trump won the Presidential election in 2016 and not long after that, the investigations against him began.  He has been under some kind of investigation for the majority of his Presidential term. For the past couple of months, Trump has been facing impeachment and removal from office over accusations relating to withholding military aid to Ukraine. Opponents claim he withheld the aid in an effort to get the Ukranian government to investigate Hunter Biden, son of political rival Joe Biden. The House of Representatives, in which the Democrats hold the majority of the seats, voted to impeach President Trump for abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress. The Senate held a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office. The United States Senate has a Republican majority. Both sides plead their cases. When it came to a vote as to whether the Senate should call more witnesses, the result was no. The senators proceeded to a vote on removal from office. The result again was no. On the first of the articles (or charges) which was abuse of power, the vote was 48-53, well short of the 67 votes required to remove the president.  The second article, which was obstruction of Congress, also failed, this time with a vote of 47-53.

Aside from Trump’s acquittal, the big story was how one Republican voted to remove Trump from office on the first article. That senator was Mitt Romney of Utah. He has received a lot of hate from his Republican colleagues and other Republicans around the country. He stated that he voted in the way that he thought was right in order to keep his conscious clearn.