Do You Agree With the Outcome of the Impeachment Proceedings of President Trump?

On Wednesday, February 5, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Trump of charges of abuse-of-power and obstruction of justice. This historic event marked just the third time that a sitting president has been impeached and stood trial in U.S. history. While the vote in the Senate has ended, the debates over the actions of the Trump administration will continue as Americans get their chance to cast their votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Those who support the outcome of the impeachment proceedings have argued that the entire impeachment process has been a partisan ploy designed to remove the executive from office because of political reasons. This side argues that even if the president acted improperly by threatening to withhold aid in a quid pro quo deal with Ukraine, it would not warrant such a drastic step as removal from office.

Those who oppose the outcome of the impeachment proceedings have argued that the executive threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine if it did not investigate corruption charges against Joe Biden and his son. This side believes this is an abuse of presidential powers since Joe Biden is one of President Trump’s political opponents. Additionally, this side argues that President Trump obstructed Congress during its impeachment investigation.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump? Students can either vote Yes, the Senate made the correct decision; No, the Senate did not make the right decision; or something in between!

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Current Standings:
Yes: 62%
No: 38%
  • Julia from California

    The outcome of the impeachment proceedings, with President Trump’s eventual acquittal, is one that falls directly in favor with the American ideal of justice. President Trump was accused of misuse of executive power and obstruction of justice. The Senate had to decide whether 1) These acts were committed and 2) whether these are impeachable offenses. If President Trump had committed these two accusations, he should be impeached. But President Trump did neither. President Trump has full executive authority to discuss allegations of corruption within another country. That is completely within his right as President. By threatening Ukraine, he was attempting to learn if these allegations were true. This is something the President of the United States should do. While some may claim that President Trump was only following these allegations to hurt Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, this is false. President Trump has to duty to find and end corruption, which he was attempting to do, regardless of political affiliations. President Trump stayed well within the limits of executive power and never attempted to obstruct justice towards himself. The sad truth is, this impeachment trial is nothing but a polarized party issue. As the 2020 election approaches, Democrats and Republicans are fighting for the executive branch. The impeachment trial was a scare tactic, with no evidence, to convince Americans to vote against Trump. The Senate voted along party lines, except for one vote, further proving this. The impeachment proceedings ended the way they should have; with justice prevailing in a trial to make our President look bad. This was a trial where it was clear that President Trump had not committed an impeachable offense. This was a paltry scare tactic, that (sadly) cheapened Democratic Congress leaders.
    Hopefully, this trial will set a precedent that attempting to impeach a president to prove a political point will not prevail in a country designed to stand for justice. And it never will.

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  • Carson from North Carolina

    I believe the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump was the right outcome. Although President Trump’s actions may have not been right, I do not believe that they should’ve resulted in the removal from office. When deciding whether an offense is impeachable, the members of the senate use the Constitution as a reference. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” President Trump withheld aid from Ukraine, so Ukraine would conduct an investigation on Joe Biden’s son. I don’t believe that his decision to withhold aid from Ukraine was a good decision, by all means, but it wasn’t an offense that justifies removal from office. The president didn’t commit a crime or misdemeanor and it wasn’t treason. The question of whether it was bribery or not, is up for debate, but I didn’t think it was bribery because the president wouldn’t have much personal gain from an investigation on Joe Biden’s son and the president was using the authority he was given, as leader of the executive branch, to help investigate an issue. Although I am in the middle when it comes to politics, I believe this was a partisan politics issue where the Democratic Party was trying to get rid of Donald Trump because of their disagreeances with Donald Trump being the president of the U.S. The impeachment process was a very polarized process, splitting America. According to writer Edward Lempinen, for Berkley News, “Because Congress and the public are locked in extreme partisan polarization, the impeachment process will not change many minds.” I agree with the outcome of the impeachment trials because I believe the impeachment process was caused by partisan politics and general disapproval of Donald Trump by Democrats.

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  • Eyad from North Carolina

    Although the impeachment process of President Trump has deemed itself very controversial in the eyes of the world, I personally agree with the senate’s decision on acquitting Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats argued that President Trump had abused his power regarding his “do us a favor” policy, in which he threatened to refuse military aid for Ukraine if they did not cooperate with him. The obstruction of congress charge originates from Trump’s pressure on a select group of Republican senators that would decide the subpoena of key witnesses in Trump’s impeachment. Although from first thought these actions may seem very controversial, they aren’t technically unconstitutional. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states “ the President shall be removed from office if convicted in an impeachment trial of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The charges that confronted President trump although come close to this criteria, they don’t break it. Personally I tend not to become political nowadays as we have been more divided in politics, perhaps since the civil war. One side believes this is a wich hunt on President Trump to remove him of his executive power in a partisan farce by Democrats, where the other argues President Trump should be removed from office as our “democracy is literally at stake”. Personally I have one and only one stance on the 3rd impeachment of a President in the United States history, it’s a waste of money and time. It’s estimated that House Democrats spent more than $3 million from taxpayers to finance lawyers and staff for Trump’s impeachment. $3 million that could be invested in education. $3 million that could have gone to actual government reform. But instead in a trial over a Republican President in a Republican majority Senate over actions that aren’t even classified as crimes of impeachment.

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  • Brooke from North Carolina

    I believe that the outcome of Trump’s impeachment proceedings was justified. House Democrats claim, “Trump used America’s economic and military might to try to stay in power, withholding defense and diplomatic aid to Ukraine to get the country to announce investigations into his political rival Joe Biden.” According to the government of Ukraine, Ukraine did not know that money was being withheld from them because Trump was the first president within the last twelve years to offer Ukraine any military aid. According to the US Department of Defense, the money was never withheld, and Ukraine never announced any type of investigation into the Biden family. Even if Trump did so, there is no law that states that this is illegal. What crime did Trump commit in order to become impeached?

    During the proceedings, the House of Representatives demanded that the Senate bring forth witnesses. It is the House’s responsibility to prove their case before the Senate, and it is the Senate’s job to either ratify and/or make judgement on the case presented to them. The fact that they asked for witnesses demonstrates that they were not prepared. They did not present one credible witness; all witnesses were either “hearsay” or third party, which in a court of law is inadmissible.

    The last section in Article II of the constitution states that, “President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from office if convicted in an impeachment trial of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” This clause is quite vague; a misdemeanor can be as insignificant as jaywalking. The term, “abuse of federal power,” was coined by the House of Representatives, which could potentially be used to question any presidential action. TIME Magazine explained how this new theory would also “expand the impeachment power beyond constitutional bounds.” As stated by Trump’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz, “Abuse of power, even if proved, is not an impeachable offense.” In fact, there was a treaty that supported Trump’s actions, otherwise known as the Treaty Between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters with Annex. If either nation suspected foul play, they were obligated to report it to be investigated. By Trump attempting to investigate Biden, he was following the law. The proceedings of Trump’s impeachment were justified because there was no true crime committed and no adequate evidence presented.

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  • Rebecca from North Carolina

    Although President Trump and I disagree on a multitude of issues, I agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings. Trump’s actions with Ukraine in the investigation of Joe Biden and his son were, without a doubt, sketchy, but they still were not a strong enough basis for impeachment. The whole impeachment proceeding seemed like a political stunt to drop Trump’s approval ratings, which ultimately failed.
    Trump was accused of abuse of power and obstruction of justice, however he does have the executive authority to explore means of corruption within the government itself. Democrats argue that he was specifically looking into Joe Biden and his son as a means to have ammunition during the presidential election, but this is still not the basis for impeachment. I am by no means justifying Trump’s actions; I agree that his threatening of Ukraine was questionable. However, impeachment was a rather drastic measure, and the democrats should have first taken the issue to court. Instead, they choose to rush the impeachment process prior to the elections in order to give the democratic candidates a leg-up in the elections.
    Even his threatening of Ukraine by impoundment is technically an executive order that has been used by presidents past by the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. Presidents are notorious for impounding funds when they are unhappy with a certain cabinet, branch, and/or nation, however this practice has never before been grounds for impeachment in the past; it calls for a civil lawsuit which the democrats most likely could have successfully carried out had they have done it.
    Overall, I believe that President Trump acted in an improper manner, but he did not act in such a manner that called for impeachment or removal from office. Both parties in recent years have been too obsessed with finding fault in the other rather than tending to pertinent, national issues. This recent trend was highlighted in the impeachment proceeding of President Trump.

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  • Ginger from North Carolina

    I agree with the Senate’s decision to acquit President Trump from all impeachment charges. Although Trump may have not made the best decisions throughout his presidency, his actions were not impeachable. Yes, I agree that Trump has had many issues during the course of his presidency, and has been accused of many scandals and actions that the general public has disagreed with. He has been caught up in the middle of many controversial matters regarding the safety and security of our nation and has not always made the best choices. By agreeing with the outcome of the impeachment, I am not saying that Trump is an amazing President and should never be accused of any impeachable actions again. I am simply arguing the fact that President Trump’s actions were not impeachable.
    According to the Washington Examiner, under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, Trump’s at of “withholding funds” from Ukraine should not be treated as an impeachment in efforts of removing Trump from office, rather, as civil lawsuit against him. Trump did take part in punishable actions, just not by the form of impeachment.
    United States senator Kamala Harris opposes Congress’ decision on acquitting Trump, according to the Los Angeles Times. Harris’ argument is that “The first article of impeachment is about Trump’s scheme to abuse the power of his office for personal and political benefit, and the second article of impeachment is about covering it up.” Although this viewpoint should be taken into consideration, it still does ont entirely justify and prove that an impeachable offense has been committed. Harris also brings up the point that President Trump believes that he is “above the law” and has even spoken those exact words to the public on multiple occasions. She also mentions his talk of sexually assaulting women. These facts are all true; however, do not warrant an impeachable offense, according to the current precedents and laws established for the benefit of America and its citizens.

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  • Aliyah from Virginia

    I believe that the outcome of the impeachment trail is the best outcome that could have possibly happened. Although some of the witnesses have brought up information about Trump’s dealings with Russia, it is still not an impeachable offense. While Obama was in office, Republicans did not try to impeach him, although they didn’t like him. Democrats cannot stand Trump and they will make up whatever excuse they can find in order to throw Trump out of office. They tried their best not to bring it to the Senate because they knew that they would lose. The Democrats want to change the laws and rules in order for things to go their way. Not only did he not perform an impeachable offense, but they sent it straight to trail as though he had committed an enormous crime. During trail, it was hours upon hours of professionals making up nonsense claims against our president. Because no one had evidence of any crime allegedly committed, our president wasn’t impeached. This is why I believe that the impeachment ordeal was pure nonsense.

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  • Seth from Virginia

    It is pretty cool that this is the only third time in American History that this has ever happened. But anyways, President Donald Trump did in fact use abusive power. The House managers — including Rep. Adam B. Schiff ( D-Burbank) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) — presented the Senate with a compelling, fact-based case that the president violated the law and the Constitution by withholding aid to Ukraine to advance his own political interests against the security interests of the United States. Trump made it known to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that U.S. military aid and an invitation to the White House were contingent on Ukraine announcing an investigation into Trump’s political opponent Joe Biden and his son. Also he did send troops during the holidays without Congress’s permission which is in the Constitution.

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  • Lexi from North Carolina

    Before one can analyze the outcomes and proceedings of the impeachment of President Trump, it is important to note its origins. From the day that Trump was elected and inaugurated, Democrats have been calling for his removal. Current Democratic Presidential contender Tom Steyer founded the “Need to Impeach” movement in late 2017, depicting the level of partisan disdain for Trump. With this sentiment spreading among Democrats, it is difficult to view the recent House impeachment — which had a Democrat majority — as credible.

    Modern political polarity makes the impeachment seem ingenuine and motivated by bias, rather than the justice it could be serving. Because of that, the outcome of impeachment was determined the moment Democrats had House majority and Republicans had Senate majority. In a strange sense, the outcome was proper in not giving into the extremes of this giant political game.

    Article I of the Constitution of the United States establishes that the House has the sole power to impeach while the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments. The founders ensured this option was available as a form of checks and balances between the executive and legislative branch for extreme cases. In that sense, going through the motions of impeachment in and of itself was a success for the Constitution as a living document. In theory, the impeachment process would deliver justice in both the accusation and in the trial.

    However, the impeachment of President Trump proved itself to be unfair to justice, the American people, and the hope of bipartisanship by being the incorrect avenue to pursue charges.

    Over the course of Trump’s presidency and adult life, it is undeniable that he has bent the law to his will. Realistically speaking, though, the current justice system as a whole enables the rich and powerful to not face extreme consequences. Knowing that, the outcome of President Trump’s impeachment proceedings, especially when conducted by Republican majority, are not shocking. If one wished to properly hold President Trump accountable, the trial should not have been so politically energized, especially when the timing makes impeachment seem to be a ploy to decrease his approval ratings for re-election.

    President Trump has engaged in activity that violates 18 U.S. Code § 872, 18 U.S. Code § 1505, 2 U.S. Code § 192, and 18 U.S. Code § 610, and arguably a few others dealing with bribery and election contributions. Respectively, he extorted military aid for Ukraine, obstructed congressional committees from investigating Robert Mueller, refused to cooperate with lawful subpoenas, and coerced ambassadors and secretaries to get into contact with Ukranian President Zelinsky.

    In spite of all of these possible charges, the House and Senate are not the proper places to provide a fair trial and investigation. Going on the route of Constitutional impeachment diminished the chance for Congress to bridge its political division, create legislation that would benefit the American people, and truly hold Trump accountable as an American citizen. Because the Senate chose to acquit President Trump, the 2020 election will give the American people the opportunity to hold him accountable in how they vote and avoid a corrupt justice system. Thus, the impeachment proved the longevity of the Constitution while also allowing Congress to return to other pertinent matters other than impeaching President Trump less than a year before the next election.

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  • Charlie from North Carolina

    Politics in today’s modern world has seen dramatic changes with the usage of technology as a guide to the voting population to receive political information. These changes are only even more evident as our 45th president becomes the 3rd president to ever be impeached. My answer to the question of if the senate made the correct decision not to remove Donald Trump from the executive position of the United States is yes. Currently the 116th United States congress has a democratic majority in the house of representatives which is a main cause of Trump’s original impeachment indictment. Our current political field is divided solely based on political party lines and are not issuing policies and goals that focus on the everyday citizens of our country. These differences have not only affected the executive position but also the overall government. The Trump administration and congress has made history just this past year with one of the longest government shutdowns in American History lasting 34 days according to the New York Times due to political leaders inability to compromise and make strides when passing the federal budget. Doing this impeachment trial was only a waste of time and resources at a time where the president was close to reelection.

    Yes, Trump’s overall personality and regard as a president has been full of scandals and unfortunate circumstances. Though these scandals and circumstances have not warranted actions of impeachment against them. Even the Ukrainian quid pro quo deal is not fully proven and does not warrant impeachable offenses. I believe Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the house) is wrong when she accuses Donald Trump of “abusing his power for his own personal benefit” and by “withholding military aid and a oval office meeting in exchange for an announcement into an investigation into his political rival” according to an update she gave in the middle of the impeachment trial. While agreeing with the senate outcome of the 53 members of acquittal, I at the same time don’t believe in all of what President Trump has done. Though I do firmly believe in the constitutions ability to govern our country. It outlines in article two that a president can be removed if convicted in an impeachment trial on cases of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”. Donald Trump and his actions do not fit into one of these categories.

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  • Jackson from North Carolina

    I do personally agree with the outcome of the impeachment of Trump, in the decision of acquitting him. I felt that there was no substantial evidence against him to begin with, and the Democratic dominated House of Representatives were purely on a mission to destroy the President. Despite the clear lack of evidence to back up the absurd statements being made against him, and the success as a President in improving this country economically, socially, and national security, they have continued to target him and attempt to ruin his presidency. He has made numerous productive decisions, and given Americans new opportunities that may have never been available if it wasn’t for him. He has created countless jobs, boosted our economy, made great strides in foreign affairs with other countries that were already our allies, or are becoming allies through his works. It just baffles me that the House of Representatives wants to see him fail so badly, when the reality of the situation is that if he fails, the country suffers. There are so many Democrats that are just ignorant in wanting to see him fail, and it makes no sense. I have disliked someone in office, and there’s nothing wrong with disliking somebody in office, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but to want to see somebody fail in office is just wrong and shameful in my opinion. As far as the Impeachment, as that was the main focus of this debate, there was clearly no pressure in the discussion with the Ukraine, so to accuse him of essentially strong arming them was extremely exaggerated. There were so many claims made against him that had no evidence, and he was still impeached. Purely out of spite. When the forefathers of this country designed this government system, they perfectly designed it so that when there was a legislative side that was dominated by a certain party, it couldn’t mandate all decisions and outcomes.

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  • cecelia from North Carolina

    The U.S. Senate was right to accquit President Trump of all charges in the impeachment trial. The trial was filled with partisan arguing over what a fair trial meant, blocking witnesses and more backlash over the presidents dealing with the Ukraine.

    Throughout the impeachment process Democrats accused Republicans of prtecting an unfit president for personal benefit. This could be true but the fact remains that Trump never committed a true crime. He may have deserved to be called out on a few things but impeachment was a bit of a reach.

    One of the articles that Trump was tried for was, abuse of power. Although Trump did abuse his power in office that act alone would not have gotten him removed from office since it was not putting our country in danger. A civil lawsuit should have been one of the first courses of action instead of making many civilians wonder who would be sitting in the oval office.

    The Democrats chose to put Trump through the trial for another article, obstruction of congress which is not a crime. If they really had a problem with the president using his executive authority they could have gone another way than have tried to get him removed from office. Firstly, Congress could have let the courts decide on the matter between the legislative and executive branches. Other presidents have also made the same mistakes that Trump has and they were never removed. For example some of Obama’s staff would not recognize Congressional oversight and there was no trial for that.

    If the Democrats truly believed that Trump’s actions were so dangerous and reckless so much that he should have been taken out of office then the impeachment trial would have proven that. Instead they can now go the next 6 months trying to replace him in the coming election.

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  • Jack from North Carolina

    I agree with the senate’s decision to acquit President Trump from impeachment. I feel that this entire impeachment process has been a ploy by the Democrats to cast a negative light on President Trump.
    It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s presidency has been riddled with controversy. He doesn’t always do the right thing and this situation in Ukraine for which he was tried for impeachment, is no exception. His dealings in Ukraine were rather unprofessional for his position as the President of the United States. Though this is not a good look for our nation, being unprofessional is not an impeachable offense.
    Impeachable offenses include “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Trump is being accused of “seeking help from Ukraine’s government to help himself get re-elected this November,” as well as “[holding] back millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine and dangled a proposed White House meeting with Ukraine’s president,” according to BBC news. If these charges were proven to be true, impeachment would be warranted, however, there is zero evidence to prove what he is being accused of doing. In my opinion, President Trump was simply checking on Hunter Biden’s (Former Vice President, Joe Biden’s son) work for a Ukranian gas company. While this can be perceived as an effort to derail Joe Biden’s presidential run for 2020, there is zero evidence to support this. For this reason, I feel that Trump’s actions were more unprofessional than impeachable
    This impeachment process is a way for Democrats to derail President Trump’s political career. After all, they’ve hated him since he took office. Their impeachment investigation came up empty just like their Russian collusion investigation. Ultimately, the push for impeachment is unintentionally dividing our nation.
    I feel the senate’s decision to acquit Trump is the right one. With the minimal amount of evidence and weak claims presented impeachment was out of the question.

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  • Anna from North Carolina

    Acquiting President Trump was the right thing to do in this trial. While Trump has been caught up in many scandalous matters, his actions regarding Ukraine were simply not impeachable. Actions that are worthy of impeachment according to the Constitution are “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” In Trump’s impeachment case, democrats accused him of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” which are simply not impeachable offenses.

    To start, what exactly is the abuse of power? Well, depending on who you are and what your opinions are, that could be pretty much anything. Being that it is so subjective, abuse of power is definitely not a crime. To commit a crime, a person must check off a series of boxes. For instance if someone takes another person’s property without force, it is larceny. If someone takes another person’s property and they do it with force, it is robbery. If someone takes another person’s property and they do it with force and they do it with a weapon, it is armed robbery. With each one of these crimes there are certain constituents that the perpetrator must act out. What are the constituents of abuse of power? The lines for that are just too blurry for it to become a breakable law. Therefore, it is not treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. On this premise, what Trump did was not impeachable.

    Secondly, obstruction of Congress is not a crime, which right away strikes it off the list of impeachable offenses. To be quite frank, this entire case seems like the democratic party trying to get rid of an incumbent who they fear will win reelection. While we could argue that Trump’s actions have lacked good taste and were unpresidential, they were and are not impeachable. According to the Washington Examiner, every president abuses power in some way. “President Barack Obama’s lieutenants were notorious for evading rightful congressional oversight, but that never would have justified his impeachment,” they say. We would have never impeached Obama for that because that would be ridiculous. Similarly, the decision for this case makes sense because it would be ridiculous if he had not been acquitted.

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  • Jessica from North Carolina

    I believe that the Senate’s decision to acquit President Donald Trump of all impeachment charges was justified. As someone who is simply uninterested in the world of politics, I was unsure what to think about this historical event initially. But, after doing some research, I was able to come to a conclusion. I first decided to look at the Constitution and what it had to say about the impeachment process. According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
    There is no denying that President Trump did attempt to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation of his political opponent Joe Biden and his son by threatening to withdraw military aid, but his actions did not directly harm the United States or put the country at risk. If this were the case, then I would believe that removal from office would be the appropriate solution. Also, Senator Kamala Harris, who voted guilty for both impeachment charges, made the claim that “Republican senators voted time and again to reject seeing or hearing additional evidence related to the charges.” While this is true, they do have power over the Senate, giving them the power to be able to decide what should and should not be brought into trial.
    By absolutely no means am I saying that President Trump is free of corruption, as he has managed to entangle himself in several scandals and controversies and has not made the best decisions in his presidency. However, due to the lack of clear and concrete evidence during the trial, I believe that his actions were not enough to bring about his removal from office.

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  • Olivia from North Carolina

    Yes, I agree with the outcome of the impeachment of President Donald Trump in their decision to acquit him. Although he may have abused his power, it was, through the appropriate constitutional process, determined by the Senate majority not to be egregious enough an offense to be removed from office under the process of impeachment. The impeachment process through Congress which broke the precedent of processes displayed sharply partisan behaviors. Donald Trump’s opponents do not believe he is a competent President. They think that his failure to comply with the precedence of government processes is unacceptable. The President’s opponents feel that he does not include them on important issues of national affairs and other processes such as executive orders regarding troops to the southern borders or building a wall. The precedence is that many Presidents have done similar behaviors close to Trump to push their agendas and they have not faced impeachment.
    Even before President Trump was elected there were dramatic responses from opponents about his candidacy and campaign. The press rarely or never reported positive things about President Trump. Although Trump has conveyed many offensive statements and ideas the fact is that he was legally and democratically elected, given that he was elected it should not matter to Trump’s opponents that they don’t like him. They should respect the legal and constitutional result of the election and they should proceed in the best interests of the United States of America and its people, not their arguments because they’re not happy with the results of a proper and legal election. According to the Washington’s Examiner, “it is not impeachment removal of the president but a civil lawsuit against him”, under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. I believe that Trump has made many wrong decisions as president of the US, but not to the point of being removed from office. Trump did not commit a crime, therefore the Senate’s decision was truly justified.

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  • Anjalee from North Carolina

    As a person who intentionally chooses to refrain from expressing my opinions on political topics, I found it really difficult to choose which side to argue for. In order to make an informed decision on my opinions of the impeachment debate, I had to do a lot of preliminary research. However, when reading articles regarding the impeachment debate, it was difficult to find news sources that gave a truly unbiased take on the issue at hand.

    After reading many articles, I learned that this debate is mainly on the grounds of President Trump abusing the powers of his office and obstructing Congress. And while I found plenty of information on the debate, it is difficult to formulate an opinion when many people and souces are biased towards one side. For example, an article from The Los Angles Times titled “Op-Ed: Kamala Harris: Why the articles of impeachment against Trump deserve a yes vote” describes why President Trump was impeached and what the Senate should have done. Kamala Harris, a junior Democratic senator from California, wrote this article and chose to reference the law-less things Trump has done to prove he is a president above the law. This article is meant to persuade readers to “join [Kamala] on the right side of history and remove this lawless president,”; however, the article fails to mention the influx of jobs and the low unemployment rate that our country has seen as a result of this current presidency. The article is clearly biased and favors the Democratic side of the debate which ultimately wants to see President Trump out of office.

    The same can be said about the Republican side as well. An article from The Washington Examiner, a known right-sided news source, was delighted to share information regarding President Trump’s acquittal. They discussed how the articles of impeachment were a joke and how President Trump will spend the next eight months attacking Democrats. Unlike The Los Angles Times, this article from The Washington Examiner does acknowledge that President Trump acted improperly; however, they refute this statement by saying that most presidents tend to overreach their boundaries anyway. They cite a time when President Obama’s lieutenants avoided necessary congressional oversight in order to display that other presidents overstep the line as well. This article focuses on the good that President Trump has done, and they acknowledge and justify the bad things he has done as well.

    I believe Democrats and Republicans both need to take strides in improving their relations with each other. That being said, I agree with the Senate’s decision to acquit President Trump only because it would cause instability if he was impeached and because the terms of his impeachment seem to be lesser than the bigger issues at stake within our country.

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    The US senate was justified in its decision to acquit president Trump. In Federalist 66, Hamilton warned of the “greatest danger” in regard to the impeachment process. He feared that its movement would “be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt,” and would lack the “requisite neutrality toward those whose conduct would be the subject of scrutiny.” Hamilton, along with his fellow founding fathers, warned against the powers of politically divided factions, as they knew that those divisions could hamper the democratic process.

    Trump’s impeachment vote has revealed and confirmed the danger of our nation’s political polarization. Throughout the trial, members of both major parties chose to move towards their ideological flanks, instead of towards a sense of common ground. While the three other impeachment proceedings in history were also fairly partisan, none were to this great of a degree. With the trial vote results at 52-48 for the first charge and 53-47 for the second charge, Trump’s impeachment was directly split between party lines.

    Setting my own personal biases aside, I don’t believe that any impeachment trial should legitimately move forward without at least some bipartisan support. The presidential removal process was created to ensure popular sovereignty, not to further one party’s political agenda.

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  • Isabella from North Carolina

    To begin, I’m sure many can agree that both parties, that represent the people of our country, are so caught up in surpassing the other side that they lose sight of what’s important… us and the unity of our country. We have not even had a passed national budget in years… While this has nothing to do with President Trump’s acquittal, it has all to do with why this problem was created in the first place. After the election of 2019, Democrats were already intending to impeach Trump before he even did anything. This is not a good mindset, for the representatives of this country, to have and if it were the other way around, Republicans would also probably voice the same intentions for Hillary Clinton. With this being said, any indiscretion that our president makes, in this day and age, is considered for some type of backlash or punishment. So when the president allegedly withheld appropriated funds from Ukraine to get dirt on Hunter and Joe Biden, the democrats knew that they could use this to hurt Donald Trump’s support and maybe remove him from office. When he denied the allegations, this was another accusation they could use against him. First of all, the impeachment trials were a preposterous and time-consuming measure that was obviously politically motivated. If Congress had wanted to accuse Trump, they should have filed a civil lawsuit against him, according to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. As for the Obstruction of Congress charge, they should have also disputed these issues in courts between the Legislative and Executive branches. If you are going to accuse someone of breaking the law or misinterpreting the Constitution, then you also have to follow the rules. Obviously Trump was trying to dig up dirt on his political opponent when he was making deals with Ukraine, but then the Democrats did the same thing by impeaching him in knowing that he would not be removed. It was purely a political stunt that obviously failed… Trump’s rating reached 49% in the Gallup poll just before his aquittal. While I am not sure where I stand in my own political beliefs and have many a time disagreed with Trump’s character and decision for the country, he should not have even been impeached and I agree with the outcome- his aquittal. The entire impeachment process was a waste of time and only separated the parties even more. This is a sad truth for our country, and all of our politicians and representatives should come together in spite of their differences and make some changes for the better of our country.

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  • Perrin from North Carolina

    I agree with the outcome of the impeachment. This is because the impeachment was used as a political weapon to get rid of the President (Trump). The Democrats, who are the opposition party to Trump, banded together with each other in order to try and remove Trump. who they strongly do not like.

    From the moment Trump was elected, he has been bashed by the Democrats because of alleged allegations. These allegations include hating women, disliking minority groups, and allegedly working with Russia to win the 2016 election. These allegations have had little support and validation.

    The Democrats have realized that they will probably not win in the 2020 election, so they used the impeachment process as a last-ditch effort to smear his name for the election. This would have given the democratic canadities a better chance to win the election, however, it backfired. Since the beginning of the impeachment process, his approval rating has gone up 3% in national polls. This is showing people are tired of what the democrats have been doing.

    “The CIA whistleblower complaint about his conduct on a call with Ukraine’s president has turned into a full-court impeachment scandal,” said Jake Novak of CNBC. But through all of this, Trump’s approval rating is at its highest level of the year according to the Hills-HarrisX survey, and the other major polls.”

    As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denies these impeachment allegations, she has actively tried to smear his name as well.

    “We call it the wrap-up smear–if you want to talk politics,” Pelosi said. “You smear someone with falsehoods and all the rest, and then you merchandise it”

    Americans should not have to deal with false allegations made up by the Democrats. We should be able to express our political views however we want to express them. This does not mean that we should be able jeopardize our democracy for these beliefs. This is why I agree with the outcome with this impeachment.

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  • jack from North Carolina

    Yes, I believe that the impeachment trial was fair because the impeachment movement all started to form the beginning of his presidency. Before Trump took office, Democrats in the house of representatives wanted to impeach him. I believe this is because Democrats disagree with him extremely when it comes to policy and personality. I’m not going to lie but some of the things Trump does and how he speaks about some things make me think that he is a little crazy.
    Back to the trial, democrats wanted to start this impeachment trial when they thought that president trump performed a quid pro quo. A quid pro quo is pretty much ill give u this for a favor, in this instance, it was proposed that Trump would give back the money if Ukraine looked into the corruption in the Biden family. I think trump was truly trying to fight corruption in this case even though Biden is a political opponent, while democrats think that trump did it to help his own political campaign.
    Another reason that the impeachment trial was fair is that the democrats in the house held a little bit of an unfair trial. This is because chairmen Nadler wouldn’t allow for the republicans to hold a minority hearing. This would be when republicans could bring in their own witnesses and allow them to testify. Some would say that the Republicans didn’t really need to hold a minority here because the witnesses that the democrats brought in proved the republicans point, that there is no evidence that Trump obstructed Congress, or pressured a country for his own political gain. All the witnesses would just say their opinion on what happened with this whole ordeal. One witness, ambassador Solomon, said that “trump wanted no quid pro quo”. Also when the impeachment articles were passed the house democrats and Nancy Pelosi were almost jumping with joy because of how partisan the votes were.
    With all of this in mind, the senators thought they had seen enough of this charade and put a quick end to it by acquitting president Trump.

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  • Evan from North Carolina

    I agree with the Senate’s vote to acquit Trump of his charges with his pressure on Ukraine. I believe the democrats saw an opportunity, even if an improbable one, to Impeach Trump. With the different sides of the issue being divided by party, except Mitt Romney, I believe this is more of a partisan issue than unchecked executive power, according to the Washington Post both sides of Congress accused the other of being bitter of some event, like the democratic defeat in the election of 2016. This can also be seen in the Los Angeles Times accusation that the Senate has not conducted a fair trial, stating that the accusations were never answered and instead the lawyers protecting Trump offered false information to mislead. The Los Angeles Times even goes as far to say that first-hand witnesses and relevant documents weren’t offered as part of the trial. The Washington Post also talks about how democrats are targeting people that are supportive of Trump through his trial. This shows the democrats acting hostile towards those with separate views that don’t align with those of their party. With this hostility one can assume that the Impeachment trial may just have been the Democrats lashing out to a president that does not agree with their party platform. Their case of Trump withholding funds from Ukraine, this is clearly stated in the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 that something like this is meant for civil lawsuit, not Impeachment. This shows that the charges were not clearly thought out beforehand, almost like accusers found the first thing they could to try to oust Trump out of office. The Impeachment trial were purely brought up due to the partisan divide in Congress and not a clear accusation that would affect the sovereignty of the United States.

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  • Parker from North Carolina

    I agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump because even though he is accused of bribing Ukraine for information on Joe Biden and his son by withholding military aid and a meeting at the White House, the president of Ukraine said he did not feel pressured, he didn’t know that America was withholding military aid, and Trump gave him the withheld military aid anyway.
    Although Trump did ask for information on Joe Biden, the president of Ukraine himself said that he did not feel pressured in this phone call. He didn’t feel like someone was trying to blackmail him, so someone probably wasn’t trying to blackmail him. If the president of Ukraine had said otherwise than the case would have already been closed and Trump would have been impeached due to abuse of power, but Trump wasn’t bribing him, he was only asking.
    Secondly, the main thing that people are saying that Trump used to bribe the president of Ukraine was military aid. Although yes, there was talk of withholding military aid from Ukraine, Ukraine did not know about this. How could they be bribed if they didn’t know what was being withheld from them for information on Joe Biden?
    Lastly, Trump gave back military aid in the end anyway. We had withheld military aid and given it back, and in the span of all of that time, Ukraine had no idea what was happening. You cannot bribe someone if they don’t know what is being withheld from them. That just doesn’t make any sense.
    I agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial and that Trump should not be impeached because the president of Ukraine did not feel pressured in the phone call he had with Trump, he did not know that military aid was being withheld from him in the first place, and Trump went back on his decision and gave Ukraine military aid in the end.

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  • Murphy from North Carolina

    The US Senate was justified in their decision to acquit President Trump of his impeachment charges. Even more so, I believe the accusation of President Trump to be charged with an abuse-of-power and obstruction of justice was unjustified in the first place. Along with this, the accusation and proceedings just worked to cheapen the impeachment process, as I believe it to be a prime example of partisan-motivated politics.

    President Trump was impeached on December 18, 2019 on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and acquitted of these two charges on February 5, 2020. These charges referenced Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, specifically that he “withheld military aid as a means of pressuring newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter” according to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. First, I believe these charges to be inaccurate as his campaign in Ukraine did not warrant impeachment attempts. I believe that these attempts were solely partisan motivated and a continuation of the previous attempts regarding Trump’s interactions with Russia near the 2016 election. Second, when comparing this impeachment process to the other three impeachment presidential attempts, this impeachment attempt differs in the strong sense of partisan partiality. This particular impeachment process has served to further divide the House almost strictly along partisan lines, with the votes lying at 52-48 for the first charge and 53-47 for the second charge. Again, this process lends itself to cheapening the impeachment process, as I believe the evidence was not sufficient to begin with. The impeachment process has become simply a means for parties to advance political gain as exhibited in this trial.

    I believe the Senate’s ruling on Trump’s acquittal was fully justified. Hopefully, this impeachment ruling will set a precedent for future attempts based solely on partisan affiliation.

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  • Harrison from North Carolina

    I agree with the decision to acquit Trump of his charges. Although Trump did call Ukraine and attempt to dig up “dirt” on Biden I still do not believe that what he did was enough to remove him from office. Many supporters of Trump state that the whole impeachment process was just a ploy created by the democrats to attempt to replace the office with someone in support of their party. For example, of the 6 republican presidents who have served after Dwight D. Eisenhower the democrats have tried to impeach 5 of them. However, these cases were not taken very seriously and disregarded, which proves that the democrats had no real purpose for the impeachment other than to try and gain the office for their party. Due to these facts, I believe that the correct choice was made in the impeachment process of Donald Trump. Because the charges were trivial in the whole scheme of the presidency, and because the democrats have a history of attempting to impeach the president I feel that the correct choice was made.

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  • Bailey from North Carolina

    Yes, I do agree with the senate’s decision in acquitting President Trump due to biased opinions on advocating for Trump to be impeached based on political stances. Although Trump abused his powers of investigating a political opponent, Trump has not held an effect so high that he should be impeached from the Presidency.
    The issue of biased political stances had a major effect on the population of people who believed Trump should be impeached. In “The Washington Post”, the article stated, “Democrats fell short of the two-thirds majority required to remove trump from office, as senators voted 52 to 48 to acquit him on the abuse-of-power allegation”. This statement is implying the issue of biased political stances. The majority of democrats voted Trump to be impeached, implying these votes are mostly biased, considering Trump is a republican. The senate’s majority population is Republican’s, which is what President Trump is. As you notice, the senate voted for Trump to be acquitted, this is illustrating the republicans voting for republicans, since Trump was a republican. This goes to show the public that the impeachment was totally biased and political culture had a huge effect on the impeachment.
    The extent to which President Trump abused his powers was significantly low compared to the high extent of biased perspectives of Trump. In CNN’s article “The President’s decision to expand his power post-trial has stunned Washington”, offered evidence of Trump expanding his powers. The article was implying that Trump abused his powers by succeeding in favorable treatment for a political opponent named Joe Biden. The article stated Trump extended his powers to smear Joe Biden in the Scandal of Ukraine.
    Yes, this was an example of Trump extending his political power, but what is it actually significant enough to impeach President Trump? This was not an act of treason or crime, it was an act of protecting our country and implies that Trump should not be impeached due to the lack of hard specific evidence of something Trump did to penalize the U.S.. The effect political parties have on biased opinions in politics is outraged and should never be used in professional politics. The senate made the best decision by acquitting Trump from all impeachment charges.

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  • reagan from North Carolina

    Yes, I agree with the senate’s decision to acquit President Trump of his impeachment charges. The impeachment of President Trump was out of spite from the Democrats which was completely partisan and a waste of time and money.
    President Trump is not the first president to invoke other politicians/authoritative figures. For example, one of America’s founding fathers, George Washington, abused his federal power by withholding information from John Jay’s treaty with Great Britain. Another example would be Abraham Lincoln, who violated the Fifth amendment by giving the right to arrest individuals without charging them. President Trump did not violate the constitution in any way.
    The main issue of the trial was the persistent lack of evidence and didn’t match the requirements for impeachment. There were no witnesses or solidified documents used during the trial, and no witnesses could be called for under the Senate. The Democrats have been against President Trump ever since he started running for office. This gave the Democrats a reason for them to want to impeach Trump in the first place and to prevent him from being re-elected in the upcoming 2020 elections. If President Trump had committed a serious crime, or one that would have enough evidence to get him impeached, the Senate would have impeached him. The Democrats simply didn’t have enough evidence to impeach President Trump and there was no basis of the argument for the House impeachment Managers. If they did, this would have given the Senate a valid reason to impeach him.
    Despite the impeachment trial, President Trump has been doing his job regarding the improvement of the United States. He has lowered unemployment, cut taxes, lowered the price of health coverage, spent time on strengthening our military, lowering prescription drug costs, trying to lower drug abuse, and stopped a major leader of terrorism. Even with all of this evidence of Trump successfully doing his job, the Democrats continue to point out Trump’s flaws and ignore his successes. This evidence proves that the impeachment was done out of resentment towards President Trump and his successes.

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  • Davis from North Carolina

    In the proceedings of the impeachment trial and the final decision made by the senate, I believe their judgement was correct and that president Trump should not be impeached from office. I agree with those who do not support the impeachment on the standpoint that: even if Trump did threaten to withhold aid from Ukraine it does not fall into the category of impeachable offenses listed in the Constitution as “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. I also do not believe that there is such a thing as abuse of presidential powers, because when the founding fathers wrote out the Constitution, and with the way it has been amended, the president cannot “abuse” powers clearly given to him by the Constitution, and many of the founding fathers believed the president should wield limitless authority. Abuse of power if charged to anyone, should be charged to those in Congress, because when accusing Trump of his crimes, the accusers should have realize it was a pointless and time wasting trial because it was easily inferred by any American citizen with any knowledge of the split in the Senate that the accusations would never go through do to the Senate being 53% Republican. As well, Trump’s due process rights given by the 5th amendment where being “trampled” as he said on twitter, and that they were dragging out the trial as long as they possibly could. Another problem with the trial was that Trump’s lawyers were not guaranteed a role in private depositions and public hearings, which meant they could not cross examine witnesses. As well, many Republicans were upset that they did not get unilateral power to issue subpoenas, which could have sped up the trial process and not offended the 5th amendment. In conclusion, I believe that the outcome of president Trump’s impeachment trial was fair and just, and that the accusations were taken to the extreme. President Donald J. Trump is doing an alright job in office, and I believe he has done many great things that outweigh his wrong doings while being in office.

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  • Caleb from North Carolina

    I agree with the outcome of the impeachment hearing. As someone extremely new to politics, I find it interesting that when a negatively perceived incident occurs with one party, the opposing party engages in backlash against the opposition. Unfortunately, to me, this seems true of both parties. I find this to also be the case in the impeachment trials. An example of this is the article by Senator Kamala Harris. She is a Democrat, who is accusing the Senate of conducting an unfair trial in regard to the charges against President Trump. The senate of course is currently controlled by Republicans. Being mindful of this, she is trying to make a big fuss saying that the Republicans have not done a fair impeachment trial. Where was she when the House of Representatives convicted Trump, and then held on to the case. Simply saying, they had convicted him and didn’t send it over to the Senate for several weeks, keeping everything in limbo. She didn’t make any statements against this course of action, because it was her fellow Democrats. The Democrats were wrong in this instance. So, she decided to ignore this and act like nothing happened, or that it really wasn’t an issue for the country. This divide between parties is why I agree with the impeachment hearing outcome. The hearing was less about they thought Trump did or didn’t do. Rather, it was more for political gain, and portraying how the other side is worse than the other. These actions really upset me because these elected representatives are supposed to act in the best interests of the American people. Moreover, the voters of the United States put Trump in office, so at this point we can just let him finish out the last months of his term. Then we ultimately let the American people decide if Trump should remain in office or not.

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  • Angelina from North Carolina

    My answer to the question–do you agree with the outcome of the Impeachment proceedings of President Trump–would technically be yes. The reason I say technically is because I feel the whole impeachment trial was unnecessary and virtually useless. As soon as they announced that they were going to put Trump on trial for impeachment, I knew the outcome before they even started. The only way for Trump to have been impeached was if two thirds of the Senate passed the articles of impeachment presented by the H.O.R. The majority of the Senate is of the Republican party, and guess who else is a Republican; Our very own President, Donald Trump. He has control of the Senate, which means that his impeachment was and will never happen unless it is absolutely necessary. Furthermore, I also believe that the trial never should have happened in the first place; it was a waste of resources and time. Sure, Trump may have been a little shady, but it was trivial and blown out of proportion. My speculations are that the only reason there was a trial was to satisfy the democratic party. I say this because two major seats in the House have a Democratic standing and financial ties to Ukrainian energy companies. Nancy Pelosi’s– the Speaker of the House Of Representatives–son was an executive for a Ukrainian gas company, much like Joe Biden’s son, as well as Adam Schiff. Adam Schiff is the chairman for the House Intelligence Committee, who also happens to recieve finances from Ukrainian natural gas/energy company, Burisma Holdings, the same company that Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, held an active position on the board. With this in mind, along with the major tensions between Trump and the Democratic party, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nalder(Chair of the House Judiciary Committee) brought forth their Articles of Impeachment against Trump to the House, which is Democratically controlled, to start a useless trial that could only end with Trump walking away victorious. To sum this whole thing up, my final thought would be that I was indifferent to the active trial; if anything, I was dissatisfied with the House for allowing there to be any trial at all over something so trivial.

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  • Olivia from North Carolina

    I agree that the outcome of the impeachment proceedings was justified because there was no reason to hold the impeachment trial to begin with. This is because President Trump did not actually break any laws. Due to politics being so divided, the Democrats just wanted to try and remove Trump and believed that this would work. Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. However, these are not laws that have been broken. It is okay if you think what he did was wrong, but it was not big or bad enough to remove him from office. Much of the arguing about whether or not to impeach Trump was political fighting between the Democrats and Republicans. The United States has been giving Ukraine a lot of assistance over the years in order to help their instability. However, they have been doing some questionable and somewhat shady things with the money that was given to them. Along with this, former Vice President, Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, has been involved with the Ukrainian government as well as holding a high position with Burisma Holdings. From this, the company was paying him over a million dollars a year to work for them. To president Trump, this seemed to be shady and so in order to find out what was going on he held a phone call with President Zelensky to try and receive more information. In doing this, he stated that the U.S would stop giving Ukraine assistance until he figured out the truth and held an investigation. The Democrats interpreted this as Trump “bribing” and intended to have him impeached. With this, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of “abusing his powers”’ when really he is legally the Commander in Chief of the military and has the right to do what he thinks is best for the nation. Due to this, it shows that Pelosi was acting only to try and remove Trump from office so that a Democrat could take his place. This act exhibits partisanship, which is something the founding fathers warned us about.

    To protect against the threat of partisanship the founding fathers created an elaborate system of Checks and Balances to protect the rights of citizens as well as public good. In deciding whether a president should be impeached, the Senate has the responsibility of deciding whether “misconduct occurred, its nature, and the traumatic and disruptive impact that removing a duly elected president would have on our nation.” Senator Susan Collins stated that “impeachment of a president should be reserved for conduct that poses such a serious threat to our governmental institutions as to warrant the extreme step of immediate removal from office.” Senator Collins also voted to acquit president Trump because even though he may have committed a crime, “his conduct did not meet that threshold.” This all goes to show that the impeachment trial of Trump was just an act by Democrats on the purpose of political disagreement.

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  • Janie from North Carolina

    The impeachment process of President Donald Trump has been a controversial movement in history. Although some of Trump’s actions are debatable, he has not acted in such a way that requires removal from office from impeachment. Donald Trump was accused of obstruction of Congress and alleged abuse of power. As the house rejected further evidence, it is difficult to prove these claims were valid which is necessary in any case of the law. As impeachment is the formal accusation of wrongdoing in office, Congress was entitled to the right to impeach Trump, but with a lack of evidence and certainty of “high crime”, it is unlawful that the trials go as far as to remove him from the presidency. I agree that the evidence presented in the trial proves claims of dishonorable acts the president partook in but this is a trial of law that is legally inclined to disregard political bias and opinions. Our right to a fair trial is a democratic value we must uphold for all people at all levels of power and congress must not misuse its power of impeachment. No matter one’s personal beliefs, in order to convict someone of a crime, adequate evidence is required. Trump reportedly attempted to pressure Ukraine into an investigation on Joe Biden and his son by withholding Military assistance from Ukraine. This alleged action was dishonest and unworthy of respect but there was not enough evidence to prove his intentions in the trial to convict him and after all, the president has the power to control funding to foreign allies without it being considered abusive. I believe there is validity in both sides considering the outcome of the impeachment, but as beliefs without firm evidence are not considered valid in court, I do not believe Trump was impeachable.

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  • Will from North Carolina

    The impeachment process staged by the Democrat controlled House just recently resulted in President Trump being acquitted of his charges. This is the correct outcome of the impeachment process because the whole impeachment process was a completely partisan plan constructed by Democrats to remove Trump, it was a waste of time and money, it had a weak basis, and it is historically typical of Democrats to play this card, so to speak.
    The partisan split against Trump is a major cause of the impeachment trials. This can be seen by the vast majority of House Democrats voting against Trump. 229 and 228 Democrats out of 231 in the House voted for Articles 1 and 2 of the impeachment respectively. Since partisan politics are very divided, Democrats are for the most part opposed to any policy made by the Trump Administration. As a last effort in order to prevent these new policies, Democrats attempted to impeach Trump. Impeachment should not be used as a way to prevent policies just because a group doesn’t partisanly agree with it.
    This leads into the fact that the basis of the articles of impeachment were weak. There is no real factual evidence to support the need for impeachment; everything is circumstantial. Most recently, Democrats were stuck on the fact that Trump requested an investigation from Ukraine on Hunter Biden and were using that event as a main example of Trump abusing presidential powers and as a basis of impeachment. This point is nowhere close to strong enough to be used as a basis for impeachment. The same politicians have bounced around from point to point against Trump such as accusing Russia of colluding in the election to accusing Trump of being racist and of sexual misconduct allegations to try to spur the impeachment with no factual evidence to back the claims. This process of reaching to find anything Trump did wrong to impeach him makes “witch hunt” a good description of the process since the investigation is very partisanly biased against him.
    The impeachment process was also used as a ploy to waste time and government money that would otherwise be going towards the Trump Administration to accomplish its goals. As mentioned previously, partisan politics are very divided and this is shown in support for a certain partisan policy as it is difficult to gain support from the other party. Democrats, because they are very opposed to Trump, were attempting to limit the effect of his administration by using the impeachment trial. This attempt was mainly an effort to leave a stain on Trump’s administration and to hinder any progress made by the administration.
    Finally, the use of the impeachment process is a typical Democratic response to a Republican taking office. The last four Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan have had articles of impeachment filed against them by Democrats. As a result, Democrats have in essence become like the boy who cried wolf and their argument along with the seriousness of the charges loses credibility.

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    I agree with the outcome of President Trump’s impeachment trial. I do believe that he was guilty to a degree, but whether or not it warranted impeachment is another question. I think that Bill Clinton was impeached for a much more serious offense, perjury, and he was still not removed from office. In fact, he was allowed to serve out the rest of his term as president. And now, after president Trump was aquitted, the Democrats are complaining. They are whining about unfairness when Clinton was allowed to do the same thing as Trump, with a much more serious offense, but it wasn’t unfair then was it? Then why should it be now? I think that the whole impeachment was a way of attempting to carry out a politically charged vendetta. It was a pointless waste of time and resources to go through with it. And finally, to the people who claim that Trump thinks himself above the law, maybe you should look at the past two democratic presidents and how many times they did whatever they wanted, regardless of the laws that were meant to stop them.

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  • Lillian from North Carolina

    There is heated controversy about the outcome of the impeachment proceedings and whether a conviction was justified or whether President Trump cheated the system. Although President Trump may not be the most respectable President, he is still entitled to the same rights under our Constitution including a quick and fair trial, innocence until proven otherwise, and due process. In my opinion, his actions did not reach the threshold of an impeachable offense and he was not given the same rights that other presidents were afforded during their trials. Some of these rights were overlooked in the impeachment trials. Specifically, he was not given due process and the House of Representatives did not allow him to provide witnesses to testify for him, therefore, obstructing his rights.

    In the proceedings that took place in the Senate earlier this month, in Article 1 President Trump was rightfully acquitted due to the fact that there was no quid pro quo directly expressed to the Ukranian government. Although President Trump did withhold aid, this was without the knowledge of the Ukrainians. Because their government wasn’t notified of this hold, they felt no pressure to look into the Biden situation. This was explicitly confirmed by the President of Ukraine. The President has in the past publicly expressed skepticism of foreign aid and goals of ending government corruption. This aid was eventually released by Trump’s administration, including lethal aid (missiles), where this had been previously withheld by the Obama administration despite the objections of Congress. Abuse of Power as accused in Article 1 is overly broad and would set precedent for further political impeachments in the future.

    In Article 2, President Trump was accused of obstructing Congress. This is a legitimate argument that probably should have gone to court to be adjudicated. President Trump has the right to claim executive privilege in certain scenarios. Just as President Trump has his right to claim executive privilege, the House of Representatives has the right to subpoena witnesses. In turn, the witnesses have the right to fight those subpoenas in court, especially in the case of executive privilege. The House subpoenas were withdrawn in an attempt to expedite the impeachment process, and some say that this was an attempt to get the impeachment done before the Christmas holiday and before the 2020 Presidental election. According to legal scholar Johnathan Turley, “They set an abbreviated period for investigation, arguably the shortest investigation of any presidential impeachment, depending on how you count the Johnson impeachment days.” Some argue that because the House did not vote for a formal impeachment inquiry the subpoenas were invalid. Allowing this article to stand would set a bad precedent for future political impeachments.

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  • Alayna from North Carolina

    President Donald Trump was formally acquitted from impeachment for “Abuse of Power” and “Obstruction of Congress.” I agree with the outcome of his trial because of the way it was handled and that they could not present enough proof. However, I do think that the president tries to use his power too much and his further actions need to be watched closely.

    Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the president who sought foreign influence in U.S. campaigns for his personal benefit. Republicans, however, argued that Democrats were still bitter by its loss in the 2016 presidential election and they want to use the power of impeachment as a way to get even. The problem with part of their argument was the way they handled the situation. Congress should have gone to the courts to fight against the president’s use of executive authority. Instead, they decided to use the power of impeachment. I think that the judicial process would have been more beneficial in their argument.

    “This sham process is the low point in the Senate for me,” said Senator Lindsey O. Graham. “If you think you’ve done the country a good service by legitimizing this impeachment process, what you have done is unleashed the partisan forces of hell.” (Washington Post) I think that the Democrats could have used a different approach in this situation. For example, in a speech to the Senate, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, called for the Senate to censure President Donald Trump, explaining that he was not sure if he could vote for impeachment. “I see no path to the 67 posts required to impeach President Trump and I haven’t since this trial started,” Manchin explained in a speech on the Senate floor. “However, I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body that would vote to censure President Trump for his actions.” (USA Today).

    In conclusion, I think that the outcome could have been different if the democrats approached the process in a better manner.

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  • Sophia from Kentucky

    I agree with the Senate’s decision. I believe this whole impeachment situation has been such a huge deal in the news and it is obviously very politically charged. Most everyone realized that the President would not get removed by his own party in the Senate, and the overblown process has mainly been an overkill of a situation that does not have adequate proof or reason for removal from office. Politics are corrupt, and while Trump may have committed some misdemeanors, I do not believe they count as impeachable offenses. Overall, it seems like this whole process is just a fight between political parties, which is not how the founding fathers intended it to be. Instead, they intended impeachment for the most serious of crimes. In the recent years of our country’s history, there have been more and more impeachment cases brought on by both parties, a lot of times out of spite. I agree with the Senate’s decision not to remove Trump from office, as he has been a benefit to our country economically and deserves to continue his time in office.

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    I agree with the outcome of the impeachment because from the beginning it has seemed like a purely partisan election, especially with the multiple threats of impeachment on multiple instances that never came to fruition. In my mind, the Democrats were just throwing accusations towards President Trump in hopes that something would stick. It just happened that the Ukrainian Issue stuck and carried through the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives, then shut down rightly by the Republican-controlled Senate. Ultimately, I feel the impeachment issue has put little doubt in the minds of the voters and has instead strengthened the power of the Republican voter.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    It has been very apparent in the news that they try to paint his every move as something to criticize and use to tear down his goals/achievements. Based on this fact it seems like they were trying to throw mud at the wall and see what sticks. It seemed more like they did this as an act of spite because they are trying to level the playing field for the upcoming election.

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    The outcome of the impeachment proceedings was the result of a fair trial that President Trump received. The Senate, serving as jurors, was tasked to determine whether or not the actions of President Trump were an impeachable offense. The outcome determined that while the President did have interactions with Ukraine that involved military aid and the investigation of Hunter Biden his actions were not deemed a “high crime or misdemeanor” needed for impeachment. I agree with this decision made by the Senate and believe that President Trump received a fair trial.

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  • Lucy from North Carolina

    The outcome of President Trump’s impeachment proceedings were justified. Even if Trump were to be guilty of what the house accused him for, the articles of impeachment are two non-criminal actions. Obstruction of Congress, one article of impeachment, does not make sense because in fact Trump was asserting his executive authority. Instead of Congress going to the courts, the Democrats made sure to not have the courts settle this dispute, making this entire process a partisan deal to remove Trump from office. They impeached him for abuse of power, which is altogether based on incorrect facts. When president Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine, officials inside his administration were worried that he was breaking the law by refusing to allocate spending that had been passed by Congress. But at that time this issue was not settled, which allowed Trump and his supporters to insist that he had not broken any laws. Although the Government Accountability Office formerly ruled that withholding the aid did violate the law, it does not deem Trump a criminal. The lack of formal legal violation in this instance led to Trump keeping out of trouble.

    In addition to these two articles of impeachment, there seems to be no evidence that impeachment was designed to deal solely with violations of federal law. When the farmers were left to debate on impeachment, they defined it as “high crimes and misdemeanors” for Congress to decide. Alexander Hamilton defined impeachment as the “abuse or violation of some public trust”. In the three attempts at impeachment in history, less than one-third of impeachments of federal officials have charged a criminal violation. In the constitution, a president cannot be removed for abusing his power, but can be removed for a criminal violation, which can in turn change the whole impeachment process to a mess.

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  • Ashley from North Carolina

    I agree with the outcome made by the Senate, in acquitting charges set against President Donald Trump. His actions were never grounds for impeachment in the first place. Trump was accused of abusing his power and pressuring Ukraine’s president to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son. Trump’s actions never went against his presidential oath and the rights and duties of a U.S president. The purpose of Trump talking to Ukraine was to attempt to find corruption within our country, which is the duty and responsibility of every president. Trump said to reporters, “This is not about politics. This is about corruption. If you look and you read our Constitution and many other things, I have an obligation to look at corruption.” Although he could have gone about seeking corruption in our country with a different approach, his actions did not go as far as to make such a drastic discussion, to remove him from office. Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California stated, “To defend the rule of law and the heart of our democracy, I will vote to remove Donald Trump from office.” I disagree with that statement for the reason why he should be impeached. In order for a president to be impeached, Congress would have to have proven evidence that Trump’s intent was not in the right place. Congress would have to prove that what he did was not done within good faith or reasoning, or based solely on his political beliefs. This is something Congress did not have sufficient evidence for, in order to go through with the impeachment during this time. Although Trump hasn’t had the best approaches when it comes to some of the decisions he makes as President, he has done nothing to deserve being removed from office. Given the lack of evidence for the allegations made against President Trump, the Senate made the right decision in acquiting Trump of his charges.

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  • Jackson from North Carolina

    I partially agree with the impeachment proceedings. While I do believe that President Trump has made questionable actions during his presidency, I do not believe that under the circumstances he should have been impeached for one of his charges. I believe he should not have been impeached over the charge “obstruction of Congress”. For one, there was no real argument that could be made against this, because it is not a crime, so no punishment could be given by Congress, because there is no legislation to support this as an impeachment-worthy charge. Trump’s second charge was abuse of power. He was given this charge mainly due to withholding money from Ukraine and inviting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House to discuss opening an investigation regarding Joe Biden and Donald Trump Jr. (Harris, 2020). I believe this charge was impeachable because of the evidence that supports how Trump possibly abused his Presidential powers. The first piece of evidence to support this is that Trump openly stated that his meeting with the Ukranian President was to open an investigation on Joe Biden and his son. While I do believe this is abuse of power because of the clear ulterior motives at hand, being Trump’s personal politics, we, as the American public, do not know what was discussed behind closed doors at the White House that day, so there is no way to know what Trump did or what he did not do. But what ultimately made me form my opinion over the impeachment is Trump’s secret phone calls discussing his wants to remove Marie Yovanovitch, a U.S. Ambassador from Ukraine. This clear use of wanting to tamper with foreign affairs to further his political gains led me to believe that he ultimately did abuse his power during his meeting with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Another glaring issue regarding the impeachment separate from Trump’s charges is the withdrawal of first-hand witnesses and documents. I believe that the use of both of these factors in court could have presented this case in a much more unbiased manner and charge the president in the most fair way possible.

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  • Andrea from Texas

    Yes, I agree. I believe that the impeachment process was unnecessary and it was just a way for the people who don’t like Trump to remove him out of office. I personally believe that Trump has not acted in a sort of way to be impeached. He has done much to help this country, an example being that he was able to reduce unemployment rate to 3.5% (reducing it to the lowest its been in the past half century). He was impeached for the misuse of executive power and the obstructive of power, yet he has not done such things. President Trump has full executive authority to discuss allegations of corruption within another country. All he has done is tried to protect his country and do what he thinks is best for us.

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  • David from Alabama

    Yes, the senate made the correct decision . I believe they made correct decision because trump has messed up and been irresponsible time and time again. He has abused his power and has obstructed congress as well. For theses reasons we can no longer trust him to be fit to be the president anymore and that is truly why he shouldn’t be president anymore.

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  • Will from Virginia

    I believe that the outcome of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump was appropriate and predictable. President Trump’s actions did not warrant removal from office, compared to previous impeachments against Clinton and Johnson, Trump’s actions were very minor. Since his inauguration, Democrats have been searching for reasons to impeach President Trump, and they continue to scrutinize even his most minor actions. While Trump’s morals are undoubtedly questionable, he did not compete any offense near egregious enough to warrant impeachment. The impeahment proceedings served as an example of the current radical party divisons in the united states political climate. The country has become increasingly polarized and people are more fervent in their beliefs than ever. In the modern political system, people are violent and unleash personal attacks on those who disagree with their personal beliefs. The outrage that many express against the outcome of the impeachment proceedings is just a manifestation of these divisions

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  • Deshun from Texas

    His abuse of power, violations of policies and broken promises have made the impeachment justified. Trump has been proven of creating problems with/within foreign countries, pressuring foreign countries for private info, and lying about multiple promises he’s made in the past.

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  • Andrew from Texas

    I necessarily do not have an opinion, but I would say yes, I agree with the outcome of the impeachments because while Donald Trump offends the public he technically didn’t do anything wrong. Many people hate Donald Trump due to their own bias and personal beliefs, which leads to them enacting off emotions causing more problems.

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  • Annie from North Carolina

    I think that the outcome of the impeachment of President Donald Trump was justified. Impeachment is defined as the accusation of the use of political misconduct used against a political office. Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, however, the obstruction of congress is not a crime and the abuse of powers is regulated through the Checks and Balance system. As Trump was accused of misconduct, under the law the charges should have gone to trial but in order to have a quicker impeachment process, the House of Representatives proceeded the trial excluding the judicial branch from a say of impeachment. The trial is considered a civil lawsuit that had been filed against Trump but only proceeded to an impeachment trial. However, the main issue in the impeachment of Trump was the lack of due process according to constitutional law expert Randy Barnett. The fundamental principle of due process states that all citizens of the United States have the right to due process of law and all equal protection of their liberties under the law of the Constitution, as stated in the 14th amendment. Under the law, all defendants must have equal say in hearings and in cross-examinations which were not used within this impeachment trial. Although there were arguments for Trump’s abuse of executive power there are also arguments of abuse of impeachment power within the House, both have counterarguments and are both violations of the constitution. In my opinion, the impeachment trial should have abided by the constitutional laws of the United States, both partisans used acts of biased rulings and acts within the trial but the trial itself should have obtained from biased opinions. The trial abused the constitutional right of due process, lacked judiciary review, and lacked the fundamental constitutional rights. I believe partisanship should have been ignored within the trial and the focal points of the trial should have been based on the constitutionality of the law within the United States government.

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  • Phillip from North Carolina

    Yes, I agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings because President Trump’s actions did not solicit impeachment in the first place, and because politics have become so divided that Democrats are constantly looking for a way to get the Republican president out of office. The Constitution states that a president can be impeached for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors”. The Democrats tried to impeach Trump for withholding military aid and instead announcing an investigation into Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Hunter had recently obtained a high ranking position on the board of Burisma Holdings in the Ukraine government. The Vice President of the United States at the time was Hunter’s father, who was using Hunter’s position in Ukraine to weed out the corruption in the Ukrainian government, ultimately giving Joe Biden major influence in Ukraine’s affairs. Once he became president, Trump sought to find the truth behind Hunter’s position, claiming to withhold military aid to Ukraine until an investigation took place. However, the Democrats claimed Trump to be “bribing” and tried to Impeach Trump because he established a military ultimatum as Commander in Chief. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House and a democrat, said, “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security…in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival.” However, by going through the impeachment of President Trump, Pelosi was acting for her own personal political benefit (to put a democrat in power) in exchange for an investigation of her political rival, Trump. This goes to show that the Democrats’ efforts to impeach are purely partisan, and have no truthful basis. Trump did nothing out of the scope of his power because he is established in the Constitution as the Commander in Chief of the military, which the Constitution states as being the supreme military commander charged with the responsibility of protecting and defending the United States. Trump’s political rival suddenly had influence in Ukraine, and Trump wanted an explanation. The Democrats claimed this as an act of bribery for Trump to become re-elected. Yet no precedent had been set to an actual definition of “bribery”, and no one could prove that Trump was using the investigation towards his re-election. President Trump saw a potential danger to the United States when Hunter Biden became in charge of Burisma Holdings’s international legal relations with different companies, especially since Hunter was the Vice President’s son at the time and had been recently discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine. Joe Biden claims that at the time, the U.S. was seeking to remove corruption from the Ukrainian Government and that his son had nothing to do with it. This all raised many flags for President Trump, which is why he rightfully declared an investigation. Finally, what the Democrats are not saying is that during this scandal, Joe Biden threatened to withhold one million dollars of promised financial aid if a Ukrainian prosecutor was not removed from his position in office. This is extremely similar to Trump’s withholding military aid for an investigation, the only difference being that Joe Biden was not impeached. This proves that the Democrats were acting purely in political interests to remove Trump from office.

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  • Noah from North Carolina

    In my opinion, I believe the Senate made the correct decision. Coming into this essay I really had to do some soul searching as, honestly, I try to avoid politics as much as possible. As someone who registered Independent because I’d never thought of really siding with one party or the other, I decided to primarily look at the Constitution and see what exactly was enumerated within our “living document”. The Legal Information Institute of Cornell cited that the only impeachable offenses included “Treason, or bribery and other high crimes & misdemeanors”. Although this information is explicit, I decided to also look at why Nixon was impeached. When comparing both Trump and Nixon’s cases they appear similar to an extent as both were looking to secure reelection, however, I realized each case must be evaluated individually. For example, Suzanne Garment, a writer for NBC news stated “Trump has the protection of a highly polarized public and the steadfast congressional Republicans who reflect it.” This is another key aspect of the trial that has brought me to my answer. I’ve always come to believe that in court the defendant was presumed not-guilty unless proven otherwise. As the Republicans have control over the Senate they have been able to decide that witnesses should not be a part of the trial. I would not go as far as to say that I believe that this is how the system should work, but its common knowledge that our political system is by absolutely no means a perfect one. Although this system may not be perfect, the Republicans were justified in denying witness testimony, and because they were justified in doing so those potential witness testimonies should not even be considered when deciding on the impeachment. As the trial was lacking further evidence, I personally believe that there was simply not enough reason to convict Trump of “Treason, or bribery and other high crimes & misdemeanors”, therefore, making the Senate’s decisions correct and justified.

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  • Will from Minnesota

    Since the beginning of the Presidential office of the United States, every president has abused their power one way or another. For example, one of the founding fathers, who is regarded as America’s Father, George Washington, abused his presidential power by invoking executive privilege over withholding information about John Jay’s treaty with Great Britain. The treaty saw the young Republic submit to the demands of Great Britain. To clarify, this would be highly hypocritical of George Washington, since he had just fought for American independence against the British, yet was now submitting to their demands like a British colony, which, in a way, was spitting on the graves of those who had sacrificed their lives for independence. Another great president; some would say the greatest in the 19th century, would be Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is considered one of the greatest presidents ever for his honesty, humility, courage, justice, and grace, earning him the nickname of “Honest Abe.” However, with the succession of seven of the Union states, Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in Washington D.C. and Maryland, therefore, giving the right to arrest and detain individuals without charging them. This is a clear violation of the Fifth Amendment, which gives all citizens the right for a grand jury, forbids ‘double jeopardy’, and protects against self-incrimination. Would this not be a clear violation of abuse of power by a President by taking away one of the rights from the original ‘Bill of Rights?’ Now, my point is not to go through every president and accuse them of being corrupt, my point here was to show that again, every President that has ever graced office has abused their power before. Furthermore, with President Trump, I would say that yes, he acted improperly, however, I believe that the Democrat’s clear-cut solution of removing him from office by impeaching him was preposterous. First, the articles of impeachment chosen by the Democrats was ludicrous. The first one, abuse of power is absurd as shown with my examples of two of arguably the greatest Presidents in their own era abusing their power, and the second article is weak since obstruction of justice is not a crime. Moreover, the Democrats showed their true purpose of the impeachment trial, which was a political stunt, by rushing through the process by not having the courts settle the dispute between the legislative and executive branches. Additionally, anyone that can do simple math would realize that the seats in the Senate have a majority of Republicans with 53 seats versus the Democrats with 45 seats (plus 2 more seats that support the Democrats), which would mean that they would need to convince 19 Republican senators in order to reach the needed 66 votes to impeach Trump, which the Republican party has boasted unity in the Senate. Therefore, this shows a clear intent for the trials to be a political stunt for the upcoming election to doubt the voters, with a rush to go through the proceedings and simple math not supporting their end goal for impeachment. Furthermore, if the Democrats truly did want to charge Trump, they would have brought a civil lawsuit against him, not an impeachment trial, as upheld by the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. Another reason why this is a political stunt would be the hyperbolic language used by the Democrats, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler, who said that if Trump would not be removed from office, he would be a “dictator.” Additionally, with the result of the impeachment trial finding Trump not guilty, there have been cries from the Democrats complaining about the lack of evidence at the trial. However, if the Democrats truly wanted to obtain evidence, such as witnesses and documents, then why did they not exhaust all of their options, such as going to court? To summarize, I am stating that Trump had acted improperly, however, with the ridiculous presentation of the impeachment trial by the Democrats, I believe that it was a political stunt by the Democratic Party, and I whole-heartedly agree with the results of the trail as a result of the failures of the Democrats during the impeachment trial.

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  • Gavin from North Carolina

    From the beginning of President Trumps term, the Democrats have been out to get him. Anything that happens that could be considered “bad” is all blamed on the President. The one thing that confuses me though is the 7 million jobs he’s created, wages being up 4.2%, and unemployment at an all time low(Not to mention its also at record lows for Hispanics and African Americans). Within this trial we saw Adam Schiffs and Nancy Pelosi’s real side. As the trial went on we got to see how much evidence they had. The thing is they didn’t have any. Them and their witnesses practically repeated themselves over and over but yet could not explain how he violated the Constitution and abused his power. Senators were falling asleep in the trial due to the lack of evidence and boredom. President Trump from day 1 has stood up for the American people and will continue to. This is why I will support him in the 2020 election. President Trump was innocent and this was just a political scandal that hurt the Dems in the big picture.

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  • Chase from Virginia

    Yes, I believe the outcome of the impeachment process was fair and just, because the president did not do anything he was not allowed to do, the Democrats only wanted to impeach on what he could have done. The Senate made the right choice in acquitting him because there was not enough evidence or reason to impeach him. He has made lots of change in the United States, such as lowering unemployment, cutting taxes, spent more on building the military, made health coverage less expensive, working to lower prescription drug costs, and fighting drug abuse. He also worked to stop a major leader of terrorism, however, the Democrats always try to make the things he does look like he is a bad president. He has only helped the country, however, many do not want to believe it so they pick at every little thing he does.

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  • Macy from Kentucky

    Although the allegations against President Trump were severe, they did not deter him from being a good president. If he was not president, Trump still could have gotten information about the Biden’s and it would not be as big of a deal. Trump may not go about his speech and especially in his Tweets, however he has still done great things for our country and deserves the chance to continue.

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  • TJ from Kentucky

    What was President Trump impeached for? He was impeached for misuse of executive powers and obstruction of justice. From this we are given 2 questions. Did he commit these acts and is it an impeachable offence? President Trump admits to asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his sons dealings in their country but is this a misuse of power? The argument for this being a misuse of power looks at how Biden is running to be the Democratic candidate. However, looking into Biden’s dealings in Ukraine is to seek out any corruption that took place during Obama’s presidency. While Biden may be running to be the Democratic candidate, the main purpose for this was to determine if there was corruption within Ukraine. The president has the authority to look into corruption that may have took place within the executive office. On the point of obstruction of justice, President Trump used the executive privilege he is given. Executive privilege cannot be used if it is an excuse to withhold evidence that is relevant in a criminal trial. However, this was not a criminal trial therefore President Trump can use executive privilege. Now what if both of these impeachment cases are true. Are they impeachable offenses. Is misuse of executive powers and obstruction of justice considered to be high crimes or mistometers. Bill Clinton was also impeached for obstruction of justice and the senate decided this was not considered an impeachable offence so why would it be considered one now. So is the misuse of executive power an impeachable offense. Well to put it simply it is not defined. The only thing we have to go in this is the response from the senate and besides one vote, this was a partisan issue not demonstrating that this was about politics not justice.

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  • Zach from Kentucky

    While President Trump did indeed commit abuse of power and obstruction of justice, I do not believe that he should be removed from office. President Trump’s actions did not directly affect the economy of the United States or aid him in his accomplishments. The actions definitely needed to be recognized and addressed for future presidents like they were for Trump, but his actions were not so vile as to put America as a whole at risk or betray his country. If this were the case, then such consequences would be appropriate and just in order to keep America safe and in good, competent hands.

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  • Brennan from Kentucky

    I do agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump, due to the fact that he acted in a corrupt way. Such as asking for Ukraine to look for unjust Biden and his son, if they do not do it, then he would withhold money from them. He deserved to be acquitted, due to the fact that he was abusing his power as president, such as looking into the past of people and sing his power to withhold funding from people. Due to these facts, I believe that President Trump’s impeachment proceedings was just and should have been acquitted due to what he has done during his campaign, but also his abuse of power while in office.

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    I agree with the outcomes of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump. If Barack Obama would have done the same thing they would not have impeached him just to hurt him for his campaign. The purpose of impeaching a president is to have the intent of removing him from office and the democrats were only trying to hurt his campaign because they knew he would not be removed.

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    I agree with the outcomes of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump. If Barack Obama would have done the same thing they would not have impeac…

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  • Elhadj from Kentucky

    I don’t really take a stance on this matter but There really wasn’t a lot of evidence. All accusations weren’t backed by any concrete evidence that connected the issues. If there were evidence of these allegations, many peoples, including my, opinion would be different.

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    I don’t really take a stance on this matter but There really wasn’t a lot of evidence. All accusations weren’t backed by any concrete evidence that co…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I agree with the results. I feel if there were more clear evidence on the instances of which Trump was accused of then there would be a better way to judge the trial. But without that evidence, the outcome of this trial is accurate because they didn’t have any evidence. All of the allegations against Trump were only performed to hurt his future campaign. They knew that he wouldn’t become fully impeached so their only motive for this trial was to hurt his future campaign for the 2020 election.

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  • Sam from Alabama

    Yes, I 100% agree with the outcome of the Impeachment Trials! Looking back there was a lack of evidence, and the evidence which was brought to the table was very spotty. For someone to be convicted of the crime and for the President Trump to have been thrown out there has to be an abundance of clear evidence. As we saw there was no clear evidence brought to the table. The outcome of the Impeachment proceedings for President Trump was the right call!

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    Yes, I 100% agree with the outcome of the Impeachment Trials! Looking back there was a lack of evidence, and the evidence which was brought to the tab…

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  • Allison from Kentucky

    The senate’s decision to acquit the president of the United states, is in my opinion a fair one. The Trump administration has in the past dealt with shady operations like back in 2018 with Stormy Daniels, so the case of Trump threatening to withhold funds to Ukraine was just another day in the white house. Democrats knew this and as a huge political move (and really a way to call the administration on their antics); they decided to hold an impeachment trial. Democrats used the trail as a way to sway more people to their side for the upcoming election. The trail’s were not meant to get Trump impeached, but meant to cast doubt for future voters. The president’s actions, although reprehensible, should not be considered “High Crimes”. Crimes yes but not impeachable crimes. In the end this trail is just another in a long list of stains on Trump’s reputation and the victory another boost to his campaign.

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    The senate’s decision to acquit the president of the United states, is in my opinion a fair one. The Trump administration has in the past dealt with s…

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    I believe the outcome of the impeachment trial is justified. The actions of President Trump were not righteous or morally the best decision, and he should be criticized for them. However, they do not meet the requirements for impeachment. This is evident through the partisan nature of the entire process, with only one person (Mitt Romney) not voting with their party. This is rarely seen in Congress as many representatives have to appeal to both republicans and democrats in order to maintain office. Thus I see this as a completely partisan impeachment without due cause.

    In defense of not calling more witnesses, the House could have called all of the witnesses they wanted and decided not to. It is the role of the House to present the information to the Senate and for the Senate to then decide whether to remove or not. Democrats can not complain about lack of witnesses as it was a the Democrat ruled House that failed to call them. Democrats claim to have mountains of evidence, yet when it came to gathering the evidence, they were unable to. Thus they have no reason to dispute the outcome of the trial.

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    I believe the outcome of the impeachment trial is justified. The actions of President Trump were not righteous or morally the best decision, and he sh…

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  • Christian from Kentucky

    Many people will say that the impeachment proceedings were rigged and that President Trump is acting as if he is above the law but when you look back at his presidency the Democrats who are in the House have been trying to get him impeached and removed from office for almost his entire presidency. So the entire impeachment process itself was rigged, as people have been saying, because if all the Democrats in the House have been trying to do is find anything they could accuse President Trump of. Was the impeachment process itself even fair? This also appears to be more of a political stunt when you consider the timing of when they decide to accuse President Trump. The other fact is, why would Nancy Pelosi hold onto the articles of impeachment for as long as she did if she believed that the President would get removed? If she truly believed that the President was guilty and that she could remove him she would have sent the articles of impeachment over immediately, but instead she chose to wait as long as possible, which either means she had no case against the President or she was just trying to hurt his campaign for re-election. For these reasons, the Senate made the right choice.

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    Many people will say that the impeachment proceedings were rigged and that President Trump is acting as if he is above the law but when you look back …

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  • Katie from Kentucky

    The main issue with Trump’s Impeachment Trial was that it lacked evidence. I agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial because it was too political and personal. The Democrats have wanted Donald Trump to be impeached since the day he took office because of simple party differences. Trump has done a lot of great things in his presidency and I do not believe that he ever abused his presidential powers. I believe their main goal was to turn Trump supporters against him, but the only thing the impeachment did was reveal their childish and inappropriate behavior. The Democrats didn’t have any solid witnesses or convincing evidence to support their side, the Senate did a good job for what they were given. President Trump may not be completely innocent, but it is not enough to remove him from office because he did not violate the constitution. This was a way for the Democrats to try and prevent him from being re-elected, not about the actual issue. If anything, the Democrats abused the powers because they have the majority in the House of Representatives.

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    The main issue with Trump’s Impeachment Trial was that it lacked evidence. I agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial because it was too poli…

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    Yes because President Trump did not abuse his powers while he was in office. He has done more good than bad in his time in office. Donald Trump has made significant upgrades to our military, created almost four million jobs, the economy has grown, nearly 3.9 millions Americans have stopped receiving food stamps, and many more. Our President has helped out America tremendously and deserves more respect from our country. People are so stubborn nowadays that whatever good things happen with Donald Trump, they always try to find ways to depreciate him. Donald Trump is trying to better all of our lives as Americans not hurt us!

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    Yes because President Trump did not abuse his powers while he was in office. He has done more good than bad in his time in office. Donald Trump has …

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  • Katie from Kentucky

    I think the outcome of the impeachment was justified. I believe that President Trump did not act in such a way that merited removal from office. The impeachment was the house Democrats’ way of tarnishing President Trump’s reputation. The impeachment vote was not rigged towards the Republicans, they voted the way they thought was right. Just because the votes fell exactly as most people predicted doesn’t mean that there is a problem with the system. The Democrats took on a Republican-held Senate and lost because the Republicans did not feel that the phony charges brought up against President Trump were worth breaking from the party. The fact of the matter is the outcome was exactly what we thought it would be because President Trump has done nothing bad enough to get him removed from office.

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    I think the outcome of the impeachment was justified. I believe that President Trump did not act in such a way that merited removal from office. The i…

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  • Dane from Kentucky

    I believe the impeachment trial on President Trump was an attempt to slander his name for the upcoming election. Though President Trump needs to be more cautious around certain laws and amendments, I believe him doing what he believes in isn’t so bad. For example, when he issued a power attack on Syria, without the involvement of Congress. President Trump saw an issue and acted on it to try and help and protect our country. Going through Congress would have been a drag and a long wait before action could be completed. The President saw and felt that we needed to aid our country and took the chance. Furthermore, this was a plan by the Democrats to push the man they didn’t want in power out of office. Though he was never removed from office, the country heard about his impeachment right around the upcoming election.

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    I believe the impeachment trial on President Trump was an attempt to slander his name for the upcoming election. Though President Trump needs to be mo…

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  • Kylee from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe the Senate made the correct decision in acquittal. The main issue with this impeachment trial is that there was a constant lack of evidence. Moreover, the Democrats were looking for any reason to get President Trump out of office because of their strong disliking for him. If President Trump committed a serious crime, our senate would have followed through with the impeachment of President Trump. The facts are that they did not believe there was a significant amount of evidence and cause to do this. If there was significant evidence, the Republicans would have no choice but to remove President Trump from office.

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    Yes, I believe the Senate made the correct decision in acquittal. The main issue with this impeachment trial is that there was a constant lack of evid…

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  • Brady from Illinois

    If you take a look back at history at the impeachments of Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and most recently Donald Trump, there was never really a strong example of “treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors”. Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating a law that was unconstitutional (the Supreme Court made a ruling in 1926 that all Tenure of Office acts were unconstitutional.). Bill Clinton’s impeachment case was that he lied and obstruction of justice (basically corruption). Donald Trump’s case was similar to Clinton’s. He was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In my opinion, the arguments of the prosecution were weak just as they were in the case of Bill Clinton.

    I agree with the Senate’s decision to acquit him mostly because there was no basis for the argument of the House Impeachment Managers. To me, they didn’t argue how his actions were “high crimes” (as his “crimes” are not listed in the Constitution).

    Some people argue (and I agree with them) that each impeachment gives future presidents more and more leeway on their actions. This is true, but I don’t think that President Trump committed crimes that merit a conviction. I am not trying to sound partisan, but if our president really did something wrong that he was rightfully impeached for, Mike Pence would be our current president. (Meaning, I firmly believe that the United States Senate is still capable of convicting a president of his/her crimes). I agree with the Senate’s acquittal of our president because the argument against him was not strong and his “crimes” did not merit his conviction.

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    If you take a look back at history at the impeachments of Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and most recently Donald Trump, there was never really a stron…

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  • Ryan from Massachusetts

    The act of Impeachment was strictly under political sham, to remove a dually elected president. It was a partisan stunt, it wasn’t by partisan, but by one party. One party voted to impeach him, and the other voted not. It’s a partisan act to have President Trump acquitted. To remove a president, you have him removed by voting. The Democrats wanted Trump to hand over the documents—but he claimed executive order over the documents.

    The articles of Impeachment under Trumps presidency lacks evidence, and doesn’t necessarily match the requirements under Impeachment. No witnesses, solidified documents were used—and under the Senate, no witnesses can be called for. Impeachment under Trump was a way for the Democrats to prevent him from being re-elected.

    President Trump did not violate the constitution under any circumstances. The Democratic Party were abusing their powers under the House of Representatives because they have the majority. President Trump is not entirely innocent, but the acts of impeachment is insignificant and redundant— it’s a way to promote the Democratic Party and for the Party to win the majority.

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  • James from Alaska

    The biggest problem with the impeachment trial was a lack of clear evidence. Without the clear evidence, the people were unable to inform their senators as to their will and it became a pure partisan show. If more evidence was presented and it was clear, undeniable evidence of violation of the constitutional contingencies of the Presidential office, then people would have been able to make a better informed decision and the impeachment might have ended differently. Take the Nixon Watergate scandal for example. In that case, there was plenty of evidence and the evidence was publicly available, so that even those who supported Nixon couldn’t deny that what he had done was corrupt. But in the Trump impeachment, it devolved into a “he said, she said” debacle that was very unclear as there was no solid evidence other than conjecture and the witness of people who were very vocal and biased on how they felt about Trump. When you say that someone did something wrong after saying that you hate that person, it can make your witness seem suspicious, even when you are speaking the truth. So if there was more evidence, better witnesses, and the evidence was more precise, then the outcome would have been different. But since none of that was present, the impeachment went pretty much how everyone expected it to go: Donald Trump being acquitted and the partisanship of the country being put on full display.

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  • Elizabeth from North Carolina

    I believe that Trump has done nothing but benefit America and do what is justified by the Constitution.

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  • Jared from Ohio

    Honestly, if you look at the entire procedure from an unbiased viewpoint, the Senate did the best with what information was presented to them. The Dems asked for witnesses to be heard in the Impeachment proceedings and the Senate votes it down, that’s fact. The Republicans didn’t rigged that vote, that’s just how the chips fell. I think the Impeachment proceedings was the outcome of a democratic legal team attempting to get approval in a GOP controlled Senate, that’s why it was a mistake from the beginning. Nancy Pelosi can be proud of getting the President Impeached, but it isn’t gonna affect his campaign as she expected it too. How the Democrats have been carrying themselves since, during the STOU and the debates, is their chance to make their biggest statement for their party, and as of late it’s been disappointing and demeaning to this country of great people.

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    Honestly, if you look at the entire procedure from an unbiased viewpoint, the Senate did the best with what information was presented to them. The Dem…

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  • Wesley from Alabama

    The House Democrats have wanted Trump out of the office since the beginning of his presidency. Now that they have lost, they have also been exposed for their inappropriate behavior and stupidity in the impeachment hearings and in the State of the Union address. Speaker Pelosi did not applaud President Trump with his amazing advances and she refuses to believe that he is responsible for anything and would rather have socialism and a failing government instead of a capitalist society where you must work to get money.

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  • Jack from Arkansas

    Impeachment is a tool used by Congress to check the power of the President. If an action of the President requires Congress’s voice, they are given the parameters of trying everything within “treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors.” The true question here, then, is of whether President Trump’s actions are in keeping with those described in the articles of impeachment weighed against him, which feature abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    President Trump solicited the Ukrainian Government to investigate his rival and announce that investigation for the purposes of making his own re-election easier. The President’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, argued that because the President’s re-election is in the public interest, it was therefore moral to take steps to ensure his re-election and suppress his political opponents. However, the defense ignores the precedent that is set by such a mandate. To have immunity in any action taken to interfere in an election because the President’s re-election is in the public interest is simply not logically sound. First and foremost, the President is not the arbiter of public opinion; that would be the public. Dershowitz’s rule also presents multiple legal and ethical challenges. If the President believed that their re-election was in the public interest, could they silence news shows that were critical of them in order to aid in their re-election? Could they prevent certain groups of people from voting by engaging in voter suppression to choose their voters, and thus the results? These both present clear conflicts with the Constitution, with the 1st and 14th Amendment respectively, so the defense of the President is Constitutionally invalid.

    Because the President failed to provide a clear, Constitutional defense, he should be impeached. It is possible that new witnesses and fresh testimony could have cleared the President’s name, or guaranteed his guiltiness, but because the Senate Republicans made the unprecedented move to not allow sufficient evidence for either party, the decision is clear. From the arguments made on both sides, the House Democrats’ argument for Impeachment clearly spelled out the implications of allowing future Presidents to behave as President Trump did. Should the Senate Republicans, other than Mitt Romney, have realized that next time, a Democratic President may cross the line of checks and balances, and precedent will be against them, the trial would have been conducted much more fairly and the Republicans would vote to impeach the President. Unfortunately, they failed to put country over party and have chosen to stick with their President to the end, beyond whatever proto-authoritarian powers he has gained for the Presidency now.

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  • Jeremiah from Michigan

    How can you have a fair trial without witnesses?

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    • Zach from North Carolina

      To preface, I’ve already responded to this side, but it counted this as my vote. My actual response is as follows…

      No, I do not believe that the outcome was appropriate, and here’s why. The whole process should have never happened in the first place. Impeachment has always been a time-consuming process that does nothing but prevent the president from doing his job. While I will neither confirm or deny my political affiliation, what needs to be said is that impeachment has never been an effective way to remove an elected official from office. Since its placement in the Constitution as Article II, Section Four, it has been used only 62 times. Of those 62, only 20 have been labeled as impeached, and of those 20, only eight have been removed from office. This system has been proved to be nothing more than a waste of government time and money. While we sit and twiddle our thumbs through a process that can take months or even years to get through, other countries have far more efficient systems. The UK holds a “Vote of No Confidence,” which takes at most, fourteen days to complete. The United States would be better off having a system like this so that through a joint resolution, Congress can vote quickly on whether or not the president should continue in office. Not only does this save time and money, but should the elected official be determined to be not guilty, they can quickly return to office and continue performing their duties.
      In the United States, impeachment also serves as a way to further divide the country, and create a bigger gap in the partisan line. Holding an almost five-month trial that resulted in nothing more than a new addition to the Wikipedia page list for presidents that have been impeached and a whole country arguing with each other on whether or not said president should have been added to the list, is childish of both parties. Furthermore, it was childish of the president to get on social media afterward to criticize and complain about the trial and to fire officials who testified during his hearing. Ultimately, nothing was gained and no actual action was taken as a result, leaving the only thing that happened during his hearing to be a further division of a country that has already been divided for some time. Impeachment serves only to create hatred for others, especially on a level as large as the president. Mathew 12:25 states “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (KJV, 1611). Not only has this line remained true throughout time, but it has been further echoed in Lincoln’s “A House Divided” speech in 1858. The United States is the house of every American, and it’s about time we started cleaning up. The impeachment process is a good place to begin. It’s time we used a system that works, rather than a dusty title that does nothing more than create civil hostility among citizens.
      So to answer in an unexpected way, no, I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial because I ultimately believe there are better ways to tackle issues such as presidential misconduct, regardless of which side of the partisan line you are on.

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    • Zach from North Carolina

      Witnesses were originally allowed. The Senate voted to include no MORE witnesses. The decision to end further witnesses was in an attempt to bring an end to a matter that took far too long to go through. While I can agree that the course of action may have changed if more witnesses were allowed to testify, the Senate’s decision stands. While most reports would describe the outcome in a way that would imply that there were no witnesses to begin with, it is important to know that there were seventeen of them during the trial.

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  • Sarah from North Carolina

    There has been much controversy over the impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump, and I believe that the outcome was unfair. It seems that each president we have becomes more and more abusive of their power and relies less and less on Congress.

    To properly evaluate the impeachment process, we must first take a look at what Trump has done in the past. It has been speculated that back in July, Trump withheld money from Ukraine and had a phone conversation with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky. During this phone call, Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, son of 2020 presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden.

    This was a complete abuse of presidential power and shows that Trump only cares about winning and boosting his own personal power, rather than doing what is best for America. He was afraid that he had a chance at losing against Biden, so he decided to cheat, and he should not have gotten away with it.

    When the controversy began to unfold, Trump made a statement that said, “I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do anything I want as president.” This statement is incorrect, as Article 2, Section 4 has a detailed section on the impeachment process. In fact, some of the founding principles of our country’s Constitution are the seperation of powers and checks and balances, which divides power between our government’s three branches. Therefore, the president and executive branch do not have permission to withhold money and authorize a foreign investigatation without the help of Congress.

    With all that being said, the impeachment articles were filed and Trump was removed by the House; however, an improper trial was held in the Senate. There were no witnesses or documents presented because the majority-Republican Senate refused to look into any evidence, which is the most essential part of a trial.

    Regardless of the fact that the Senate is made up of mostly Republicans, they should have analyzed the facts of the situation at hand rather than voting based on their party. Utah Senator Mitt Romney was one of only three Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump. He mentioned in a statement that “the President’s insistence that [the Biden’s] be investigated by the Ukranians is hard to explain other than as a political pursuit… The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of ‘high crime and misdemeanor.’ Yes, he did.” The impeachment should not be a partisan issue, but rather a question of whether Trump abused his power, which he did.

    Each time we have a president, the way they act sets a precedent for all of those that follow. That is why the presidential abuse of power must stop, or else every future president will begin to stray from the Constitution. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, it is evident that Trump abused his power and acted to increase his own political strength, and he should have been impeached.

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  • Emma from Iowa

    With the senate deciding not to impeach him this shows that some people are above the law. This sends the example to the young people of today that depending on who you are you can get away with whatever you want and you will be found innocent.

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  • Lauren from Tennessee

    Although Donald Trump is the president that does not mean he is above the law. He clearly with held much needed aid from Ukraine until they launched the investigation on Biden and his son, this was a politically motivated attack against Biden to make him look bad so he would lose the favor of American citizens. Not only did he withhold aid in Ukraine, but Trump has also clearly threatened the life of ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. To top it all off, Trump and the entire executive branch did not surrender the subpoenaed evidence to the Senate. Almost the entire Republican Party voted to have a trial with no witnesses, which is what Trump and the executive branch wanted. There is only one type of person that withholds evidence and witnesses that will prove them innocence are fools. On top of that Trump was acquitted of all charges when he is clearly a criminal. America is a very resilient country but we can only take so much, and by the looks of it we have about had enough. This may very well be the end of our democracy.

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  • Breanna from Maryland

    I have some knowledge on court proceedings being that I was in Mock Trial for multiple years so I know some of the basics, and I think that not hearing witnesses was a big mistake and was against what most trials are. How can a trial not have witnesses? Also, I think that basically the vote was decided on both sides before the proceedings began was wrong. It didn’t matter how strong the arguments were, the preconceived ideas were what dictated his acquittal. I could go on, but I feel as if I’ve made my point that the trial wasn’t fair, rushed, and the acquittal was a hasty decision.

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  • Jonathan from Virginia

    The trial of trump was a complete disgrace to the sanctity of law in the United States. The whole trial was set up for failure right from the start. Republicans controlled the senate and Mitch Mcconnell decided to work for his reelection campaign and party rather than for the constitution. He should’ve fought for a trial with witnesses and a much longer trial. Something this important needs more time and a lot more evidence than what was produced. The other side might argue why have a trial for a “witch hunt”, but why not humor the world. If you are so sure that the president is innocent than why try to speed up the trial and hide the evidence. Let the facts exonerate him not your opinions. we may never know the truth and rightful outcome of the trial, but something we do know is that corruption lies deep in all branches of government. we need a reboot to a decaying institution.

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  • Caleb from Illinois

    Impeachment should have taken much longer. If the Democrats really wanted him impeached they should not have rushed it and taken more time. If he was guilty and they knew they should have taken more time.

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  • Destine from Virginia

    I do not agree with the impeachment trials. The trial was long and not worth the wait. Trump should have come up as guilty. The fact that he abused his power, he should have been removed from his office.

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    I do not agree with the impeachment trials. The trial was long and not worth the wait. Trump should have come up as guilty. The fact that he abused hi…

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  • Jemimah from North Carolina

    Quid pro quo by definition is a situation whereby one party does something for another party with a price or a favor whereby bribery that is punishable under the constitution is a situation whereby one party gives another party information or something for that influences the action of an individual holding a public or legal duty. Trump’s actions of withholding aid to Ukraine for information is ethically and morally incorrect but not legally suiting an impeachment. The only problem with Trump’s case is that Trump and the republican party kept saying that there was no quid pro quo when it was obvious that there was a quid pro quo.
    The second problem with this impeachment process was that the evidence for impeachment was either not clear enough or some of them were not offered up because the Republicans blocked the passage of this information which made both the republicans and the democrats look a little sketchy. In an article written by new york times, it was clearly stated that the republicans had already moved to block new impeachment evidence in a vote that went 51 to 49. The process of blocking evidence from the impeachment proceedings not only makes the acquittal of the president not only ill-informed it makes the people of America doubt the openness of the senate and the people in power. This move is ethically and morally incorrect but as long as it was done lawfully there is no fault.
    The third problem with this impeachment proceeding is that the whole process looked like it was a move for democrats to remove trump from office. As stated by the Washington examiner the articles of impeachment were “The articles of impeachment that Democrats chose were inappropriate.” and I agree with this statement. According to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, a situation like this calls for a civil lawsuit, not an impeachment. But this doesn’t change the fact that tump did something wrong and that according to the law he can be tried for it but not white an impeachment.
    The fourth and last issue that I have with the result/ process of the impeachment is that the majority of the senate is republican. This can be seen in effect in a statement published by the Washington examiner which states that “Only one Republican, Mitt Romney, gave credence to the Democrats’ partisan impeachment. Trump would have been better off if Romney had stayed on his side,”. This statement shows that the result of the impeachment was more of a party thing than a personal belief system.
    I disagree with the result of the impeachment proceeding not because I think there was a need for an impeachment proceeding but because of Trump’s behavior after then impeachment result. In an interview, a Republican senator Susan Collins she stated that she was sure that tump had learned his lesson and what the results of his action could cost him but in a luncheon with news anchors when asked a question about Susan Collins statement Trump said that the result of the impeachment was a perfect call because he believes he didn’t do anything wrong( Washington Post, 2020.)

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  • Elijah from North Carolina

    Ultimately I do not agree with the decision of Congress to acquit President Trump, in 2018 Trump started his political agenda, and began a trade war with China. This trade war heavily involves tariffs and counter tariffs, with our farmers’ profits suffering as much as an overall 45% according to USDA Global Agricultural Trade System. This statistic alone was for coarse grains, and all due to Trump’s attempts to lead the United States economic ruin. His attempts to functionally bolster the economy goes against the smaller businesses and hurt the base of the economy. Of course he also claimed responsibility for many of the Obama administration’s successes in the economy, claiming responsibility for the many jobs and infrastructure changes that occurred rapidly, due to the tax cuts he signed off on queuing off many bigger businesses to issue pay raises in order to spark employee morale raises, but shortly after doing this many businesses also took ways to make ensure profits, for example Walmart closed over 60 Sam’s Clubs shortly after the signing. Of course this skirts around the most obvious abhorrent abuse of such a powerful position, the phone call made to another country in order to investigate a political rival under threat of military proceedings on the behalf of the U.S. Not only does this action violate the sanctity of the presidential position, but ultimately it betrays the foundation of American government and principle, the people. The citizens of the United States control the sway of the government, and by this blasphemous betrayal of trust injures the very soul of an individual the beliefs in the function of “By the People for the People” such that our founding fathers roll in their graves. Trump’s impeachment serves only to better the American government by cleansing it of such immoral and ignorant behavior of a man who should hold the country above his own personal agenda.

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  • Raven from North Carolina

    I really don’t know much about politics, but I do feel that the results of the impeachment were not justified. There is no reason that president Trump is still in chair and running for office. I don’t think that the people are just trying to rush and get him out of the chair, but I do believe that the people do not feel safe with him being the president. What person would want to give someone who they can’t trust full authority? President Trump dug up information on a rival to boost his chances of being re-elected. Him doing this showed that he couldn’t be trusted and that his intentions are to not play by the rules of the law. It is against the law to ask for foreign entities to help in an election. And when he was to be investigated about a conversation held over the phone he did everything in his power to not be investigated. There still is no proof that he was causing any harm to the country but all the signs are there. As a president his officials shouldn’t have to question anything that he has going on inside and outside of the White House. And as president, Trump should be open and willing to give his officials any information that they need about any situation. Trump pressed a foreign leader to gather information on a former runner of the 2020 election. I don’t understand how this could’ve been looked passed.

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    I really don’t know much about politics, but I do feel that the results of the impeachment were not justified. There is no reason that president Tru…

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  • Aniya from North Carolina

    In the past year the president, Donald Trump, had dealings with Ukraine. On July 25, 2019, a call was made between Donald Trump and Zelensky. According to information released to the public, Trump wanted Zelensky to publicly announce an investigation that would cause Donald Trump to gain an advantage in the upcoming election, an upcoming democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election. This situation led the House of Representatives to impeach Trump. Which meant Trump’s case was now in the hands of the Parliament to decide if he should
    be removed from office.
    In my opinion, I believe Trump should have been removed from office. There is adequate enough evidence to prove Trump was trying to gain a leg. For example, after Trump made the call with the new Ukrainian president, it was put on a private server. This caused suspicions that Trump really was doing something unethical. The call showed that Trump was trying to entice Zelensky by holding back the financial aid given to Ukraine. According to Kenneth McCallion, a former federal prosecutor, says “You have abuse of presidential power for personal and campaign use”(Merelli, 2019). I believe both parties can agree on what Trump did was wrong. The Republicans didn’t challenge that Trump didn’t do it, because there is too much evidence. That simply argued that what he did wasn’t offensive enough for him to be removed from office.
    In my opinion, I feel it was offensive enough for him to be removed. If the truth hadn’t been released and Ukraine had agreed to announce the investigation it could have potentially affected the presidential election. I also feel he put the Ukraine president in a predicament where it was hard to say no. For those reasons, I do not agree with the outcome of President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings.

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  • Paige from North Carolina

    President Donald Trump’s impeachment process is normally an issue I wouldn’t have given much thought to, but after taking AP US Government earlier this year and taking into account the fact that I will be eligible to vote in almost a year, I have tried to stay as up to date as possible with the trials and news regarding the impeachment. Regardless of political party, I do believe that President Trump’s phone call to Ukraine in attempts to receive political information on democratic candidate Joe Biden was an abuse of power and an obstruction of Congress during the investigation. Although it is confirmed that President Trump was just pressuring the Ukrainian President into giving information on Joe Biden and there’s no actual proof he received any information, I believed that it was enough to impeach him. In order to prevent corruption and maintain the democratic government that America was founded on, we need to take control and penalize situations before any damage has actually been done. If the government and policy makers decided to let it go just because nothing really came out of the phone call, it would set the idea that all political candidates or figures can attempt to get inside information because they’re not going to get in trouble for it. In regards to the Senate trial on whether he should’ve been removed or not, I’m not sure if I agree with the outcome. Since I agree with the impeachment, I feel like that means I should automatically want him to get removed too, but I understand why he didn’t. Because of the republican-controlled Senate, I (and most everyone else) knew that he was not going to get removed, so I didn’t think twice about it, and I support/understand the decision made because they were backing their political candidate.

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  • Kate from North Carolina

    I disagree with the impeachment trials of Trump as well as the reasons given for the trials. Throughout Donald Trump’s political leadership, as well as before he became a massive political influencer, he has clearly made some very inappropriate comments as well as gestures such as, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’”(Business Insider). However, he wears his flaws on his chest and is very open about all of the bad things he has done previously and would be very unlikely to lie about any accusations against him. The excuses that Democrats have made for Trump’s impeachment trials are not any laws he has committed against the US Constitution in any way. There two reasons are Abuse of Power as well as Obstruction of Justice, two claims that are not only unjust for impeachment but have little evidence to support. While Trump has said and done things that can be proven and justice brought upon, the two claims given for his impeachment seem to be a tactic of Democrats trying to remove him from office because of how little they like him and how far their beliefs stray. I understand why some may want to have trials to impeach Trump for good, however, their reasons for this process are not illegal or against the United States or the people residing within them. I believe Trump should be charged for the provable crimes he has committed, but I do not think there was strong enough evidence that he was even able to be impeached. NBC has posted an article on what would set the boundaries for impeachable offenses in office which states, “Alexander Hamilton said impeachable offenses were those that involved abuse of public trust. The term is generally understood to mean abuse of office that results in harm to the public.” While Trump may have passed laws, said things that offended people, and that were straight-up wrong he has not done anything that has abused the trust of the country’s people or harmed them.

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  • Ryan from North Carolina

    I believe the impeachment of President Trump was an enormous waste of time and resources. I think it should have never happened in the first place. As to the issue of whether or not Trump is guilty of the Abuse of Power or Obstruction of Congress, I will not pretend I am intelligent or unbiased enough to make a judgement. Speaker of the House Pelosi began inquiries on September 24, 2019, and Trump was acquitted of charges on February 5, 2020(Naylor, 2019). That is one hundred and thirty four days. And what came out of it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact from January 25 to today Trump’s approval rating rose by 4%(How Popular is Donald Trump?, 2020). From the beginning of the inquiries it was obvious, at least to me, impeachment was always doomed to die in the Senate. The whole impeachment affair was almost entirely partisan. Republicans hold the majority in the Senate and they made their intentions and opinions regarding the impeachment clear from the beginning. The amount of coverage this got in the media was also ludicrous. It seemed like every evening news there was another headline regarding impeachment. After the first week I think I, and most of America, was desensitized to it. The fact of the matter, is this didn’t really affect any American’s life and was started purely by politicians. Trump, whether you like it or not, was legitimately elected president, and America will have a choice as to whether they re-elect him or remove him by vote in November. Let’s not forget the most important point–money. The politicians were paid over 11 million dollars over the course of impeachment (This is How Much of your Taxes were Spent on Impeachment Last Year, 2020). Politicians produce nothing of value, and they were paid collectively 11 million dollars to sit in a room and not change their mind from the opinions they had in the beginning. In conclusion, the impeachment wasted time, didn’t change anything, was almost entirely partisan, didn’t affect American, and gave large sums of taxpayer money to people who did nothing.

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    I believe the impeachment of President Trump was an enormous waste of time and resources. I think it should have never happened in the first place. As…

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  • Tierney from North Carolina

    Throughout and even prior to his presidency, Trump has been accused of being “unpresidential.” His behavior eventually led to many calling for his impeachment and removal from office. The charges held against him were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. I feel that many mistakes were made with how the impeachment process was upheld and do not agree with the outcome of the proceedings.

    The President of the United States is supposed to set an example for countries abroad and exemplify American ideals, including that of equality, yet due to this very ideal, there are precautions set in place. Even the president is not above the law and can be impeached. Trump, however, has done everything in his power to give himself the upper hand. Not only did withholding aid to Ukraine put national safety in jeopardy, but it also broke accepted ethical principles. Trump had set himself up perfectly to potentially gain incriminating information on his political opponent, Joe Biden, and strengthen his campaign for a second term in office. I agree that Trump’s actions relating to Ukraine justified beginning the impeachment proceeding, yet restrictions should have been put in place to prevent him from interfering with the process.

    The insults Trump threw at those who testified against him were far more than just unpresidential. They functioned to prevent the impeachment proceeding from serving justice and to intimidate any further witnesses who planned to testify. Such behavior can be viewed even more clearly when examining the second charge.

    I especially disagree with how the second charge of obstruction of Congress was handled. From the beginning, Trump made it a goal to prevent key witnesses from testifying and hold documents as he pleased. Even after members of the administration had been issued subpoenas, Trump demanded that they not testify. I feel that this demand, combined with the Senate’s vote not to hear further witnesses prevented justice from being served as all relevant evidence was not allowed in. Had further evidence been allowed, I feel the outcome of the impeachment proceeding would have rightfully found Trump guilty.

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  • Landon from North Carolina

    The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump were a largely partisan movement for the Democrats. However, I think that the Republican party did not properly handle the proceedings. The context in which the House of Representatives initiated the impeachment process was heavily laden with partisan divisions, with Democrats largely being in support of the articles, and Republicans being mostly opposed. I believe that in this political climate the Democrat’s efforts for impeachment and removal were doomed from the start, and I believe that they knew that. The Republicans also made it clear from the start of the Senate trial that they would be unable to provide a fair trial. Therefore, I must say that I disagree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings because I believe that the impeachment should not have occurred in the first place.

    The House of Representatives began the impeachment proceedings for all of the wrong reasons. The impeachment was more of a partisan publicity stunt to try to damage President Trump’s chances of being re-elected instead of being about actually removing him from office. While I do believe that there were grounds to charge President Trump with crimes that were addressed in the impeachment articles, such as Article One on the abuse of power, I think Democrats rushed the process and reduced the chances for the impeachment to gain any sort of bipartisan traction. Congress was simply too ill-equipped to handle something like the impeachment and removal of a President in a fair, just, manner. This can be exemplified by the Senate impeachment trial in which no witnesses were called, despite there being multiple available.

    In the case of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, neither the Democrat majority of the House or the Republican majority of the Senate were capable of providing true justice to the process. The process was not initiated over legitimate legal concerns, it was put into motion so that Democrats could make a statement. Thus, I do not believe there was any possibility for a good outcome for the impeachment, as the whole process was based on ill intentions.

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  • Shelby from Virginia

    I believe that Trump should have been found guilty and removed from office as a result of the impeachment proceedings. However, I feel that the impeachment trial was very flawed because justice did not seem to be the Senate’s goal, but instead for it to just be over. A distinct problem in the impeachment trial was that there was much more evidence against President Trump, such as “firsthand witnesses and relevant documents” (LA Times article), but Republican senators voted many times to not use that damning evidence. Additionally, the LA Times article states that Trump said in multiple ways that he feels he is above the law, which is completely unconstitutional and immoral. All things considered, Trump’s impeachment trial should have ended with a guilty verdict, but because the people running it were not truly seeking justice, it did not.

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    I believe that Trump should have been found guilty and removed from office as a result of the impeachment proceedings. However, I feel that the impeac…

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  • Brandy from California

    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trials. I think this is an example of how our system is corrupt and how people in power are constantly getting away for crimes that they obviously committed. We need to hold EVERYONE accountable for their actions, no matter who they are.

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    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trials. I think this is an example of how our system is corrupt and how people in power are constan…

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  • McKyrah from North Carolina

    After countless reading about President Trump being acquited, I have come to the opinion of not agreeing with the outcome of the impeachment of our president. Being someone who doesn’t really have an opinion when it comes to politics and is not usually fulfilling my civic duty, Trump getting away with his crime of abusing power and obstructing to congress is unfair and caused many disruptions in this country. Since he was able to get away with his crimes this might encourage most of his followers to go against the laws and constitution knowing that the president they love so much got away with it. Not only does this set a bad name as president but it shows that he was not responsible in his duty when he performed these offenses. Trump is not the only president who was impeached and got away with it so this displays how without punishment to higher powers it continues to be a trend of wrongdoing. After being acquited and after giving the State of the Union speech, Trump’s approval ratings shot up to 49%. This is an example of how people will still show their loyalty to leaders in command without thinking twice. Giving him the benefit of the doubt of letting him go makes wrong look right and right look wrong. It also reveals that the presidential office is being run by someone who has so much power and could crush this country in the blink of the eye. If the country continues to be led by corrupt presidents and if we continue to let them get away with these dishonorable crimes, where does that put us in terms of being allies to other countries or us wanting other countries to accept us? How can I put so much trust in a country that pardons criminals that but also will stick people who have done no wrong in prison or coffins?

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  • Ava from North Carolina

    I believe that the Senate made the wrong decision, by clearing Trump’s charges. Many Americans feel the same way, and are very displeased that Trump remains innocent. Impeachment is where a government official is accused of unlawful activity, and a vote is taken to remove that official from office or punish them. He was charged with abuse-of-power and the obstruction of justice. Donald Trump definitely has violated his powers as the President of the United States, with a variety of reasons. Firstly, he sought help from Ukraine’s government, to try to be re-elected in November. Next, he bargained with the Ukraine president, by holding back millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine and set up a meeting at the White House. Lastly, he wanted Ukraine to announce a public investigation into Joe Biden, who is the man that is leading the democratic race and is challenging Trump. President Trump obviously sees all of this as a threat, and is worried about not winning the election. Just because he is the President right now and holds the power, he should not have the thoughts that he can go off and commit these actions, without getting a punishment. Now that Trump has gotten off the leash, he is now going to believe that he can do anything, while getting away with it. Not only is it setting off an example for Trump to see that he can get away without a punishment, but it is showing the future Presidents what actions are supposedly allowed. He needs to have the rightful punishment for what he did and deal with the consequences. There should have at least been some consequences, since he was acquitted from his charges. His impeachment was not fair at all, and he deserves to take time off of presidency or a bigger punishment. In conclusion, the decision that the Senate has made is very disappointing, and they should see how the settlement will affect the nation.

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    I believe that the Senate made the wrong decision, by clearing Trump’s charges. Many Americans feel the same way, and are very displeased that Trump…

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    What constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors”? Depending on your answer to that question you will have a different opinion on the outcome of the recent impeachment proceedings. In my opinion, soliciting the help of a foreign government to investigate one of your political opponents in exchange for military aid is an extreme abuse of the presidential office and therefore a high crime. I have found no completely irrefutable evidence that suggests the president obstructed justice and therefore cannot count that as a high crime. However, I still believe the president should have been removed from office due to the above mentioned high crime.

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  • Naomi from Virginia

    President Trump has proven time after time that he is not worthy to be president and can not be trusted with the task of leading America. He has lied more than any other president in history, telling over 16,241 falsehoods, according to the Washington Post. He has pulled out of the Iraqui crisis, leaving our allies unprotected without warning. And he has withheld critical financial aide to another ally, in return for interference in the upcoming US presidential election. These deeds are a worthy cause for impeachment, according to the Constitution, which states “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”.

    There are Americans out there who admit that Trump committed all these crimes, but did not deserve impeachment. What else is impeachment for? Our founders included impeachment as an option — our only option — for when a president gets out of hand and starts committing treasonous acts. They included it because when a president believes he is above the law, then he will stop at nothing to stay in power, and will undoubtedly fudge the electoral system. If we can not rely on our votes to remove him from office, we need another way: impeachment. The Constitution explicitly states that abuse of power and misdemeanors are worthy of impeachment, and Trump is guilty of both. It only follows reason to have him impeached. 

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  • Noelle from North Carolina

    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceeding of President Trump. I believe President Trump abused his executive power when he persuaded the country of Ukraine to conduct an investigation against his potential Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Past Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney explains his opinion regarding the President’s scandal by stating, “Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.” Recently, we have seen many important political figures get away with things that normal citizens would not, partly due to their high status in society. President Trump uses Article II in the Constitution as an excuse for him to do anything he wants, getting away with more things than we know. Is this the direction we want our justice system to move? President Trump was obviously guilty of his accused crimes, but I believe the Republican majority filled Senate was too afraid of the potential consequences of voting to remove President Trump that they went with their party lined view. Additionally, President Trump’s Senate trial was not as thorough as it could have been when considering the lack of witnesses. The act of providing witnesses is a key factor in the structure of our justice system and without them, the Senators might not have known the full story and thus swaying their vote. This is needless to say that the Republicans were the only wrong doers in this whole process. I feel the Democrats could have based their votes more on factual evidence rather than political lined emotions. All in all, I believe our lawless President needs to be held accountable for his wrongdoing and given the consequences and justice that he deserves in an effort to adhere to our rule of law and uphold our democracy.

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    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceeding of President Trump. I believe President Trump abused his executive power when he persuad…

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  • Erika from Texas

    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump as there was clear evidence that he abused his power and acted on obstruction of justice. I believe that Donald Trump did do things that were unconstitutional. For example, if the charges against Joe Biden were not investigated, Donald Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine. This is an abuse of power. Trump also obstructed Congress during his impeachment investigation. In a Los Angeles newspaper called ‘Why the articles of impeachment against Trump deserve a yes vote’ Kamala Harris stated that “Trump made it known to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that U.S. military aid and an invitation to the White House were contingent on Ukraine announcing an investigation into Trump’s political opponent Joe Biden and his son. In other words, the president was afraid he was going to lose the next election, so he decided to cheat. This is a clear abuse of power, a misuse of the office of the presidency.” This is pure evidence that Donald Trump should have gone on an impeachment investigation, but not only that, he tried to hide and obstruct Congress so that he could stay in office. To address the other side that believes that the outcome of the impeachment proceedings was just and right, I will agree that the democratic party is trying everything to get Donald Trump out of office, but there is evidence that he did do unconstitutional acts that have to be addressed.

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  • Ethan from Virginia

    I believe that the impeachment trial failing shows that the president is gaining more power than what was originally intended for them to have. In the Constitution, Congress has the power to keep the president in check with certain abilities only given to them. With Trump, the people in Congress that side with him are letting him get away with heavily influencing the way Congress works which makes it almost just another arm of the executive branch which isn’t what it was designed for.

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    I believe that the impeachment trial failing shows that the president is gaining more power than what was originally intended for them to have. In the…

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  • Harmony from Texas

    No, I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment process. Although Trump was charged there was not a punishment to go with his actions. “After weighing the evidence made available to us and applying the facts of this case to the law and to the principle that no one is above the law, I will vote to convict Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment” This quote comes from a senator on his reasoning on why they voted to convict trump. The part “No one is above the law” is really powerful. It shows that no matter who you are, you’re not above the law.

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    No, I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment process. Although Trump was charged there was not a punishment to go with his actions. “After…

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  • Trevour from Texas

    Personally, I don’t agree with the proceedings against the President, but the majority of the Senate was Republican. So, I knew that he wasn’t going to get impeached. Even though he allowed foreign government in our elections and he ran up dirt on Joe Biden’s son with the President of Ukraine. He has also proven on several occasions that he is unaware of current events. For example every time there was a class 5 hurricane the President would say that he has never seen one before even though four happened during his presidency. Also he said in a tweet that the Kansas City Chiefs when they won Super Bowl 54 that they well represented Kansas even though they are based in Missouri.

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    Personally, I don’t agree with the proceedings against the President, but the majority of the Senate was Republican. So, I knew that he wasn’t goi…

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  • Victor from Texas

    I believe that the outcome of Trump’s impeachment is not fair. He did do some unconstitutional things and I believe that he should have been punished, because he did do unconstitutional things and violated some laws, so he should either have to take time off of presidency or other punishments because just because he is a president, doesn’t mean that he can do anything he wants without punishment.

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    I believe that the outcome of Trump’s impeachment is not fair. He did do some unconstitutional things and I believe that he should have been punished,…

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  • Victoria from California

    This impeachment trial set a precedent for all future precedents- one that says ‘Sure, go ahead and break the law, violate the Constitution, and betray your nation. No one will stop you.’
    The partisanship displayed at this trial was disappointing. Politicians from both sides need to start objectively voting on issues again so that the best interests of the people are preserved. If this extreme party coercion continues, there is no purpose or preservation of democracy. Party politics must be put to an end.

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    This impeachment trial set a precedent for all future precedents- one that says ‘Sure, go ahead and break the law, violate the Constitution, and betra…

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  • Kaitlyn from Virginia

    I don’t agree with the outcome of the Impeachment Proceedings, as many things prompted an unfair result of the trial, as well as why the hearing was held in the first place. President Trump was charged with abuse-of-power and the obstruction of justice. Even though the guidelines of what impeachment charges are in the Constitution, it is up to Congress whether or not that warrants the President to be charged, and they decided that this was enough to warrant charges. Although many other Americans and I agree with these charges, President Trump was still acquitted of his charges and remains “innocent.” The House of Representatives is majority Democratic, which may be why the President was charged with these two cases of abuse, and the Senate is majority Republican which may be why he was ultimately acquitted. With this acquittal, it shows that some people may be above the law. President Trump unfairly withheld aid for Ukraine to do an investigation into the corruption of the Bidens, who is Trump’s political enemy. This is a blatant abuse of power, in my opinion, and then purposefully lying and firing people to contain the truth is further abuse of his power.
    I do not believe that a fair trial was held in the first place, once it was passed on to the Senate to decide the future of the impeachment proceedings. Firstly, there were no witnesses that were examined during the trial, even though John Bolton is writing a book about what happened in the phone call and other events that would have been great pieces of evidence in the trial to provide a broad but specific case. Secondly, I think the ideas that both sides – Republicans and Democrats – were preconceived ideas before the hearing was held about whether he was “innocent or guilty.” With so much political turmoil in this political sphere, I think that both sides had these notions and biases about President Trump, and they let these biases decide the fate of the trial/proceedings before ut had begun. How is it fair to let these top leaders and officials go away unscathed but hold the citizens of America to a higher standard and are often punished for meaningless crimes? If we do not hold all the American people to the same standard – regardless of anything – then the structure of all people being equal that America was built on may begin to crumble.

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  • Osmond from Virginia

    The reason I disagree with the outcome is that he should have been charged for different reasons. Mainly because of the image that the President has created for the United States. The President believes he has made the U.S. the strongest country and other countries fear the U.S. However, he has made the U.S. look as if it’s citizens are totally incompetent and un-rational. In his pursuit to make a strong appearance to other countries, the other countries believe the U.S. is idiotic and can not use the power it has wisely.

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  • Adele from Virginia

    I do not agree with the outcomes of the impeachment trial. The issue with politics lately is that it has all been about an “us versus them” kind of deal, and what I think we all tend to forget is that this is OUR country. We are working toward a common goal, and while we have different priorities within that or policy views or whatever, we ultimately want the United States to be successful and for everyone within it to have their freedoms and happiness that they deserve. Instead of cooperating and finding compromise, we are consistently locked in on party lines and a mentality where it’s less about the individual and more about the groupings. President Trump was guilty of the crimes he was accused of, but before the entry into the Senate the impeachment trial was already dead because of the Republican majority. Even if they believed he was guilty, the Republicans would never have voted to impeach and/or remove Trump because of his power and affiliation and their fear of party repercussions. There has been a lot of evidence of Trump’s abuse of power, and his crimes were ignored not just because of his power and who he is, but because his party was too focused on the other party’s motives and afraid of them getting a foot in the door to recognize and admit the evidence, or even provide for a fair trial.
    This is not to say the Democrats were not at all to blame for the failure of the impeachment trial, they should have focused more on stone cold factual evidence and less on the playground insults and theatrics (like the procession come on man)
    But ultimately, both of our parties have failed us by allowing a power abusing president to remain in office because of meaningless and pointless politicking.

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  • Aiden from Kentucky

    Although this impeachment process was done correctly without corruption, the Senate could have done more to investigate President Trump’s abuse of power. I believe that there was enough cause for the Senate to vote to hear from witnesses. The fact that Republican senators weren’t confident enough that the witnesses would not bring forth any incriminating evidence against the president adds to the speculation that the president committed wrongs. Although the process was done correctly, it would have been a service to the American people to investigate further. However, the Republican party did not want the trial to continue and wished for a quick resolution.

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  • Kelly from Kentucky

    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial. I do think that it was necessary to raise awareness to the fact that Trump got too comfortable with his power and decided to use it for ulterior motives. His attempts to dig up information about Joe Biden demonstrated his lack of respect for his powers and desperation to gain an upper hand in the upcoming election. While the impeachment trial was already expected to keep Trump in office, I believe it was necessary to provide the public with a better understanding for some of Trump’s misdeeds.

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    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial. I do think that it was necessary to raise awareness to the fact that Trump got too comfortab…

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  • Grady from Kentucky

    The president should have received a harsher and actually legitimate punishment. President Trump acted in a way contradictory to what we as the citizens of this country believe in as he went in secret to try and secure his presidency. It is scary to think that not even the president can be completely trusted when he is supposedly the one who is best fit to run our country.

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    The president should have received a harsher and actually legitimate punishment. President Trump acted in a way contradictory to what we as the citize…

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  • Laurna from Kentucky

    Overall I think President Trump’s presidency has been full of lies, angruments, and rudeness. I believe that with his use of Twitter he has stirred up drama and hurt many with his demeaning and cruel remarks. I believe that the only good thing that President Trump has done for the United States is the work he has done to open more jobs. Trump’s presidency has had many scandals with name calling women and others who have different opinions. I feel that we have come close to war because of President Trump’s hurtful words and his spontaneous actions to go after others who do not agree with him. I feel that he should be impeached because of how horrible he acts. How are we supposed to agree and have Donald Trump represent the United States when most Americans find him unkind and unprofessional?

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  • jp from Kentucky

    I do not believe that the senate made the right decision. I think that there should have been witnesses. Because a trial without witnesses is not a trial. also the fact that the republican senators had a pact to vote against the witnesses to me seems very unethical. It wood have also been nice to see the President testify and have a bit longer of a trial .

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    I do not believe that the senate made the right decision. I think that there should have been witnesses. Because a trial without witnesses is not a tr…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump. What he did was wrong and he abused his presidential power. I believe that he should have been removed from office for high crimes and misdemeanors. President Trump abused some of the limited power he has in order to sway people’s ideas and thoughts. America had a deal with Ukraine and President Trump can not withhold aid to them. I agree with Mitt Romney and his argument about why Trump should have been removed from the office. I don’t think that Romney said what he said because he lost the election years ago, I believe his argument was from the heart and he personally believed in what he said. Also, there were no witnesses so technically it was not a fair trial. In situations like these, people need to go in with an open mind and keep their feelings out of the way. Just because you don’t like someone or their ideas, doesn’t mean you can’t respect them.

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    I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment proceedings of President Trump. What he did was wrong and he abused his presidential power. I belie…

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  • Phoebe from Kentucky

    No, I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial. Although he is president, Donald Trump is not above the law. He committed a crime when he asked for an investigation of Joe Biden, as he saw Biden as a threat to his power not for the good of the country. His personal vendetta resulted in blackmailing Ukraine as he withheld aid unless they investigated Joe Biden and his son. The Senate is in charge of the removal from office; however, the Senate is mainly Republican. Therefore, the Republicans voted to not remove the president as he is from the same party as them not necessarily for justice. The only person who followed the constitution, as President Trump violated his presidential rights, was Mitt Romney who voted against him. The President abused his powers and should be reprimanded for it.

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    No, I do not agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial. Although he is president, Donald Trump is not above the law. He committed a crime when h…

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  • Farida from Illinois

    Our Constitution was made for the people, made for society in order to ensure peace, equality, and draw a separation from right and wrong. But, how can we do that if we allow the most powerful men to defeat us as a nation? Well, by taking action and achieving that action. Our senators failed us. Our president, Trump is the third sitting president to be impeached and stood trial and for that reason is the abuse of justice and obstruction of justice which, I believe there are more serious crimes. Our nation did not rose through racism, slavery, war, and decades of abuse of power and corruption from our own leaders like Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan to accept the insane actions Trump has given us since the day of office. Acquitting him would prove to him that he holds this country in his hands and that he has the desire to revoke votes or our first constitutional amendment. So, do I agree with the outcome of the impeachment trial? No, Trump has been with us for many years in history going to the time of his business era. His business era showed what a man was he and is still is like for an example, the Justice Department 1873 lawsuit against Trump Management Company which the government alleged that the 39 properties were directed to tell African-Americans there were no open apartments Now, there are many proofs of Trump showing discrimination against immigrant, African Americans, Native Americans, Jews, Mexicans, and Muslims whereas Trump proposed publicity barring Muslims entering the U.S in 2016. Another example, Trump placed an ad to call an execution for five African American men and Latino men for an accused rape ( later on proved to be innocent) and even emerged a political force to prove Obama wasn’t born in America. How could we have put a president with this type of belief? behaviors? That, in the long run, will make us suffer. Many Immigrants coming from Mexico were detained and put into federal prison homes. These homes provided no self-care no education but plain abuse (sexual as well) but, that abuse was enforced by our “great” president. Right in our eyes, in our TVS or phones, we see this folding into a ruckus but, he is the president where we believe he is untouched. But, he’s not. To tie this all into one is that we’ve excused his behaviors during the time of his success era and now and we’ve got the ability to overthrow a government that is abusing the power he is holding. This trial did nothing for us but proved that our nation is in need of help or recognition that this man is hurting your health life, family, environment, education, etc. Trump continues to live in his own world and feel the power but, if we were to take it all away he is nothing and we are united as we should’ve always been.

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  • Kayla from Florida

    If we as a country do not hold our rulers and representatives to the same legal standards as the everyday citizen, democracy will fall and only corruption will remain. Due process and accountability are non-negotiable, especially when the fate of millions rest in your hands.

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  • Jevan from North Carolina

    There is no denying that Donald Trump is very politically powerful and has the power to get what he wants. The Senate has made the wrong decision to acquit President Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justices. “The executive threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine if it did not investigate corruption charges against Joe Biden and his son”. This supports that this showed abuse of power since Joe Biden is political opponents with Donald Trump. There are a lot of factors that biased the decision of his impeachment. “President Trump obstructed congress during its impeachment investigation”. This all concludes that Senate made the wrong decision to acquit the charges of Donald Trump.

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  • Yennifer from Kentucky

    The Founding Fathers introduced the concept of checks and balances in the Constitution as a method to prevent one branch of government from asserting too much power onto another. Check and balances guarantee a balance of federal power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches to prevent tyranny. In Federalist 51, James Madison argues for the necessity of the “division of government into distinct and separate departments.” The partition of government was constituted so that they each have the power to check the other two branches. Impeachment is an enumerated power given to Congress that serves as checks and balances. It allows Congress to remove the president or any other public official from office for abuses of power. Article I, Section 4 of the US Constitution explicitly outlines leading causes of impeachment among them, “Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In the case of impeachment, The House of Representatives introduces and votes on the articles of impeachment by a simple majority. The Senate serves as a court determining by a supermajority if the civil official will precede to be removed from office.
    Impeachment is among the most complex and unusual powers granted to the legislative branch in check and balances, and it was designed so that it would be difficult to attain and so that it would be utilized only in extreme cases of despotism. In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton proclaims the role of the Senate in impeachment. The Senate serves a court for crimes that “are of nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.” Impeachment is, by nature, a political offense, so the Supreme Court does not handle it. The Founders aspired to create a balanced system of power to prevent tyranny further and ensure liberty.
    In American History, only three presidents have been impeached; they are Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and recently President Donald Trump in 2019. President Trump is charged for two offenses, abuse of presidential power and obstruction of Congress. Trump has been convicted for soliciting help during the 2020 election, providing the Ukrainian government aid in the return of their recruitment of information about presidential candidate Joe Biden. According to a recent news article published by the New York Times, Trump provided Ukraine around 400 million military aid that Congress has already approved in return for its intervention in the 2020 election (Fandos and Stolberg). Trump’s impeachment trial is an explicit example of the application of checks and balances in a contemporary setting. President Trump’s acquittal by the Senate was apparent due to a Republican majority in the Senate. The existent polarization in the United States has led political parties taking a clear stance on issues, and it is one of the many reasons President Trump was not removed from office. The Founding Fathers established the process of impeachment as a balanced system of power that is fair, impartial, and ensures individual liberties. Trump’s acquittal does not reflect the principles that built the United States of America.

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  • Conner from Michigan

    No. I think that the impeachment of Trump was a worthless idea be cause trump didn’t even do anything bad to even get impeached. I think that the demarcates just made it all up so that the might have a chance to get trump out of office.

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    No. I think that the impeachment of Trump was a worthless idea be cause trump didn’t even do anything bad to even get impeached. I think that the dema…

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