President Donald Trump makes history, third president to be impeached

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In the span of 230 years, the United States of America has had 45 presidents serve as its commander in chief. Out of those 45 leaders, there have only been three presidents impeached. 

President Donald Trump, America’s 45th president, is the third sitting president to be impeached on Dec. 18, 2019 for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. He is the first president to be impeached while still being eligible to run for a second term.

“If you are the president and you obstruct justice, try to bribe a foreign leader and threaten national security, you’re going to get impeached. End of Story,” U.S. Representative Susan Davis said during the House debate.

The term “impeachment” means the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Many people tend to think that if a president is impeached, he or she will be kicked out of office immediately. However, this is false.There are a number of significant steps that lead to the expulsion of a president, and no U.S. president has ever actually been removed from office before.  

First, The House of Representatives holds a vote that has to reach a two-thirds majority. In this case, the magic number was 218 votes which was easy for them to reach since Democrats hold a majority in the House. The vote was 230-197.

Then, another vote will be held by the Senate and the final decision is made. Since the Senate is Republican-dominated, it is safe to assume that Trump will be acquitted, just as Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998) were before.

As much as some U.S. citizens want Trump to be out of office immediately, there are others that think he should just finish his term.

“I believe that it is redundant to impeach a president when his term will be over by the end of this year,” senior Alidaycia Saunders said.

While this being a popular opinion, there are others who think he did abuse his power and now must face the consequences.

“I believe that regardless of political parties, our citizens, Congress and the rest of the government should keep the President accountable for his actions,” civics and economics teacher Autumn Martin said.

The impeachment hearing is currently pending as The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is trying to gather enough witnesses from the Democrat party to have a fair trial in the case.

“His actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders – and the oath of office that he takes – to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said in her official remarks.