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Volume 85, Issue 17 Web Edition SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
January 22, 2020
Day 1 of the impeachment trial in the Senate iasted weii into the eariy morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 22. Neariy aii of the amendments Democrats introduced,
mostly to allow witness testimony, were tabled along strictly partisan lines. Republicans winning 5347. The one exception was when Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
voted with Democrats on an amendment that would extend the amount of time House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team have to respond to
motions, but this motion too was tabled in a 5248 vote.
Trials, updates and what BC needs to know
By Eleanor Flannery
On Dec. 18, 2019, the House of Representatives voted almost
unanimously along party lines to charge President Donald Trump with
two articles of impeachment.
The impeachment inquiry first initiated after a whistleblower provided
alleged information of possible abuse of power by the President when he
withheld military aid to Ukraine. By doing so, this may have pressured
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine into pursuing an investigation
into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son. Hunter Biden, after President
Trump’s phone call with President Zelensky, on July 25.
During the call, Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the “whole
situation in Ukraine.” Trump then said to Zelensky during their phone
call, “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the
prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you
can do with the Attorney General would be great,” referring to Attorney
General William Barr.
This sparked an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives,
led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which there would be a vote on
the articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “They’re the
ones that should be impeached,” Trump said, referring to Democrats, after
the second article of impeachment was approved.
Presently, the Senate trial is underway, after two articles of impeachment
were handed off from the House of Representatives. The trial in the Senate
will determine whether Trump will be removed from office. With word
from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, the trial commenced last
Tuesday, and will most likely go six days a week (Monday-Saturday) and
begin at 1 p.m. local time.
Make sure to tune in and follow along with the Senate trial proceedings.
No matter what one’s political views entail, this is a historic piece of
American history that the Clarion staff highly recommends staying up
to date with.