After Democrats and Republicans laid out their arguments, the Senate voted 57 guilty and 43 not guilty, not enough to convict the former president of incitement to insurrection. Donald Trump is therefore not barred from running again in 2024 if he so wishes. Trump supporters were happy at the result and the Democrats were dismayed.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden proposed last week a $1.9 trillion rescue package to combat the economic downturn in the US and the Covid-19 crisis. “During this pandemic, millions of Americans, through no fault of their own, have lost the dignity and respect that comes with a job and a paycheck,” said Biden. The Biden rescue proposal would be financed entirely through increased federal borrowing and comes from the idea that the virus and the recovery are intertwined.
The impeachment of Donald Trump on 13 January 2021 is historic. It is the first time ever that a US President is impeached twice. How in the world did he do it?!
This was the third impeachment trial of a president and the third acquittal in American history and as the New York Times put it, “it ended the way it began: with Republicans and Democrats at odds.” The bitterness of the process was exemplified by the fact that Trump didn’t shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand when he entered to deliver his State of the Union speech, and Nancy Pelosi shredded his written speech into pieces. Too bad our politicians can’t just forgive and forget!
The Senate impeachment trial is already underway, but President Donald Trump had two administration victories this past week which will change trading relations for the US for some time to come: the USMCA and the Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal. The public is divided on the impeachment, seeing Trump as an economic genius on the one hand and an autocratic leader on the other. The Democrats want him out of office one way or the other. The Republicans are backing him for the November 2020 Presidential election. That’s politics for you!
The US House of Representatives voted on Halloween to spook Trump with a 232 to 196 vote on endorsing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry and set up a new public phase of the investigation. House speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, presided over the vote and said “what is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.” Republicans in the House were united in defense of President Trump, describing the inquiry as secretive and unfair. Moreover, Trump says the “Deep State” — that is, the Washington bureaucracy — has been against him since his election in 2016.
If you've been keeping up with the news, you may have realized that in the Congressional Hearings with Special Investigator Robert Mueller, President Trump was not fully exonerated from wrongdoing by Mueller's report. But although he may not be removed from office through impeachment, the President could be prosecuted after he leaves office for Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, both of which the he vehemently denies ever occurred.