Trump’s impeachment trial coming to an end


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President Donald Trump’s final verdict will be announced on Feb. 5.

The Senate Democrats tried to push for more witnesses and other documents that could potentially add more context to the impeachment hearings. However, Republicans shut down the request in a close vote of 49 to 51. What this does is speed up the trial to an end, pushing for Trump’s final verdict to be held on Wednesday Feb. 5.

Trump’s final verdict will determine if he is guilty of the charges for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, pertaining to the question if he is guilty of withholding $100 million in military aid from Ukraine to pressure them into investigating 2020 presidential Democratic candidate, and former vice president, Joe Biden.

Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen stated: “Through their hearings and witness-sworn testimonies, I believe the House has presented overwhelming evidence in support of the case for impeachment, but — unlike the Senate Republican leader (Mitch McConnell) — I welcome additional evidence, including any exculpatory evidence the President wants to produce. I will listen to and fairly weigh any such evidence before rendering a final verdict. That is what a trial is all about.”

While on the other side of the spectrum, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee said in a press release: “It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation. … But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.”

“Even if the House charges were true,” Alexander added, “they do not meet the Constitution’s ‘treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ standard for an impeachable offense.”

Senator Alexander’s statement caused controversy among social media. Many believed that his support for Trump is blinded because he mentions siding with the president even if crucial evidence could point all odds against him.

Another controversy that stirred the media was Mr. Trump’s tweet on Feb. 1: “The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats keep chanting “fairness”, when they put on the most unfair Witch Hunt in the history of the U.S. Congress. They had 17 Witnesses, we were allowed ZERO, and no lawyers. They didn’t do their job, had no case. The Dems are scamming America!”

“I think he shouldn’t be impeached,” said Gilbert Mendoza, a senior at TAMU-CC. “He’s handled the economy well, especially because he has lowered unemployment. He handles his business for the U.S well. … He also wants what is best for Americans.”

The verdict on Wednesday is predicted to be a close vote, much like the witnesses hearing vote. As for now, the senate took a weekend recess, hoping to come back Monday with some final thoughts. It would take a two-thirds majority to remove the president from the oval office, or 67 senators.

For full videos and clips of the trial, click here to be taken to C-SPAN’s website