Trump’s Impeachment Prosecuted
After facing his second impeachment, Donald Trump was exonerated during the Senate trial after being considered not guilty of inciting the insurrection and the looting of the Capitol. Only seven Republicans joined the Democrats’ side in the final vote count, resulting in an insufficient number of votes for Trump to be declared guilty. The final count was 57-43, which meant 10 votes were missing for a convicting sentence, reported BBC News.
After the trial results were announced, Donald Trump made his first statement in a while. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago,” reported by ABC International.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America: pic.twitter.com/Z3nG6xeN9Z— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) February 13, 2021
Even after Trump left the White House, the impeachment trial kept going as this could impact his chances of running for office once more when Joe Biden’s term ends. “I believe impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a previous MBN article. Many have expressed their concerns over Trump not being convicted given his conduct and his public interest in running again for president in 2024, according to the Washington Post.
US President Joe Biden has chosen to remain distant from the whole impeachment process, focusing instead on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. After losing three days of legislative work due to the trial, the Senate will now go back to Biden’s administration appointments, which are crucial to pass the new COVID-19 relief bill. Still, Biden could pay a political price for speeding up the processes and choosing to have a quick trial with no witnesses, which led to a no-conviction sentence, states a BBC article.
According to CNN, the result of this trial proves the amount of power Donald Trump gained during his presidency and how it is still latent even after his term ended. This could be an issue for Biden in its efforts to work on projects that unite Democrats and Republicans. This could also concern Mexico, as previously reported by MBN, given Biden’s ideas to connect with neighboring countries and to re-establish trade relations with China, for example.