U.S President Donald Trump considered one of the most controversial Presidents in the world has finally been impeached just as many were expecting.
President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Two articles of impeachment were passed over his behavior in the Ukraine scandal – one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress.
The issue will now pass to the Senate, the other body that makes up the US Congress, which will hold a trial on whether to convict and remove President Trump from office next month. Two-third of the senate will need to vote to remove President Trump from office and currently the Republicans – Trump’s party holds the Senate majority – 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. At least 20 Republicans would have to vote with all Democrats and the two independents to remove the president from office. So that is very unlikely to happen.
It is possible that he may survive the impeachment but then, a black mark would have been created on his political legacy. In the history of the U.S, only two Presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton have been impeached. Trump has now become the third.
This may also play down the chances of Trump’s reelection as in the history of the U.S; no President has ever been reelected after impeachment. President Johnson, impeached in 1868, failed to win his party’s next presidential nomination. Bill Clinton, impeached in 1998, stood down when his second term ended in January 2000.
President Trump in reaction to the impeachment has been dismissive, defiant, describing the decision as a witch hunt. “They’ve been trying to impeach me from day one. After three years of sinister witch hunts, hoaxes, scams, tonight, House Democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans,” President Trump reacts.