Trump impeachment trial in summary

Many members of the Senate attended the trial virtually. Partly because of the pandemic and partly due to the trauma they experienced on January sixth.

Many members of the Senate attended the trial virtually. Partly because of the pandemic and partly due to the trauma they experienced on January sixth.

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

Earlier this year in mid-January Donald Trump became the first President ever to be impeached twice. While in his first Senate trial he was acquitted (found “innocent”), his second appeared to be much more uncertain. The topic of this trial is whether or not Mr. Trump was directly responsible for the formation of the riot on January 6th at the Capitol. According to many polls administered by large news outlets, around 55% of Americans believe Mr. Trump to be guilty and should be barred from holding the office of President again. In order for Mr. Trump to be charged, 66%, or two-thirds, of the Senate must find him guilty. That means that 17 Republican Senators would have to vote against their former candidate, something that only 12 Republican Senators had shown an interest in doing up until before the trial. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have made it clear that their main argument is not that their client was innocent of starting the riots, but rather that the trial is unconstitutional as Mr. Trump is no longer the President. During the trial, Democrats mainly tried to connect several of Mr. Trump’s tweets and live speeches to the results of the January 6th Capitol raid. They did this by presenting several videos of both his speeches and of the raid. The Republicans mainly argued that Trump’s words were not said with then intent to start a riot and he is innocent. Ultimately, Mr. Trump has been acquitted (found innocent) for the second time and will face no punishment. Personally, I believe that though he has been acquitted the stigma of him being the only president to be impeached twice will prevent him from holding public office again. This event will certainly be remembered by all no matter what.