On Tuesday, January 21, government officials gathered to discuss the details of Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial. Impeachment is the process through which a president loses their position due to facing severe allegations that clearly show they are unfit to be governing their country. Donald Trump is the third president in the history of the United States to ever get called to an impeachment trial.
The possible allegations against him are violations of the Constitution, particularly a violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Donald Trump allegedly had an inappropriate interaction with Ukraine officials, accepted payments from foreign authorities, and colluded with Russia during the period of his presidential election. He may also be accused of associating the government and the United States with White Nationalism and hateful ideology. Of course, there are many more allegations that could be made against him.
According to the Constitution (Article II, Sect 4), the president can be removed from their office through impeachment for having committed any of the following:
- High crimes
Basically, if the public and other members of the government can clearly see that the president is abusing their power in a manner which is negatively affecting the Country, they can go forward and put the president on a trial for impeachment.
The jury adjourned after 13 hours of debating and will continue onwards today.
In those 13 hours, the terms of the impeachment trial were decided. It has now been decided that the House case managers have 24 hours across the course of three days to try and prove Donald Trump has been abusing his power and deserves to be removed from his position. The attorneys representing Trump will also have 24 hours over the course of three days to state their pieces of evidence proving that the allegations against Trump are false.
During this time, Senators will not be allowed to tweet or bring in outside reading materials. The focus over the next few days will be on witnesses and solid evidence.