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Failed Impeachment Fallout - Mitt Split, President Hits Back

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Senate Votes Not Guilty 52-48

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on the charges brought against him by the United States House of Representatives. On the first roll-call vote, the vote totals were 48 guilty and 52 not guilty. In the second article of impeachment, the vote was by strict party lines with both independent senators voting guilty.

Before the vote, Mitt Romney took to the floor to announce that he believed that President Trump should be found guilty, and he became the first GOP senator to announce that he would vote to convict President Trump guilty of Article 1 of the Impeachment changes. In doing so, he became the first senator ever to announce that he thought a sitting president of the same party was guilty of an impeachable offense. Others were quick to praise Romney, who said that he believed that the good of the country needed to be put before party politics.

Convicting President Trump and removing him from office would have required 67 votes. The United States Senate could have also voted to acquit Trump and not remove him from office, which would have only needed 51 votes.

Only Split is Mitt

Before the vote, Mitt Romney took to the floor to announce that he believed that President Trump should be found guilty, and he became the first GOP senator to announce that he would vote to convict President Trump guilty of Article 1 of the Impeachment changes. In doing so, he became the first senator ever to announce that he thought a sitting president of the same party was guilty of an impeachable offense. Others were quick to praise Romney, who said that he believed that the good of the country needed to be put before party politics. 

​President Trump Hits Back

The President let his thoughts be known at the annual National Prayer Breakfast event in Washington. In one breath, Trump took a swipe at both Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney by saying, "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say 'I pray for you,' when they know that that's not so.

Trump went on to say "As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people," at which time the crowd began clapping. All while Nancy Pelosi was in attendance.

This follows the contentious State of the Union address that saw Nancy Pelosi tearing the speech in half at the conclusion of the joint session of congress. It seems that the tensions are reaching a boiling point, and something has to give.

Trump Tweets Jab at Romney

Supporters and Resisters Have Taken To Twitter to Battle it Out

Impeachment Back Story

The case against the president started in September when a whistleblower accused the President of the United States of using his office to influence actions taken by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to sway the United States elections, which put him into office. The phone call from President Trump to President Zelensky occurred on July 25, 2015. The White House summary of the phone call and several career-diplomats supported that President Trump had overstepped ethical boundaries when he asked President Zelensky to investigate actions taken by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. It is alleged that President Trump tied over $400 million in military aid for Ukraine that was withheld from the country to Zelensky publicly announcing that the Ukrainian government would launch an investigation into the company where Biden's son serves on the board.

After the debate in the United States House, representatives found enough evidence that they voted to send two articles of impeachment to the United States Senate. The first article would have found President Trump guilty of engaging in corrupt behavior for personal gain. Crucial behind the House of Representatives finding was a meeting held between both presidents in September at the United Nations General Assembly. According to the document, Trump ultimately released the money to the Ukranian government, but he did not stop pressuring the Ukranian president to start an investigation. Those who believe that he should be impeached say that President Trump was not acting in the best interest of the United States. The article also claims that President Trump asked others within the government, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to put even more pressure on the Ukranian government.

The second article of impeachment claims that President Trump tried to obstruct the investigation by the House of Representatives by performing illegal actions by telling White House officials not to obey subpoenas given to them by the house. In particular, the impeachment action claims that Trump ordered White House officials and other executive-branch executives not to provide documents to the United States House of Representatives. It also claimed that he directed current and former officials not to give testimony when the house solicited it.

After nearly a month, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi finally gave the indictments to the senate after she failed to work out terms on how the United States Senate would proceed. On January 22, 2020, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a vote in the senate, which allowed the body to move forward on the impeachment charges. During the trial overseen by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, each side had three days to present and defend their case. Then, senators had 16 hours to ask questions on the floor of the senate. Finally, senators voted not to hear any witnesses.

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