by Nolan Runkle
The process of impeaching America’s 45th president has been a long and arduous process, beginning officially on December 18 and ending on February 5. Ultimately, Donald Trump was not impeached; however, that is not to say that the process was without its ordeals.
The results of the impeachment in the Senate were expected: a divide based on party. Democratic Senators voted to eject Trump from office, and Republicans wanted to keep him in office.
The articles of Impeachment contained two issues: abuse of power (Article 1), and obstruction of Congress (Article 2). On the issue of Article 1, 48 Senators voted guilty, and a total of 52 voted not guilty, with a total of 67 votes needed to find Trump guilty. As for Article two, obstruction of Congress, 47 Senators voted guilty whilst 53 voted not guilty. In a motion to allow additional witness testimonies and documents during the trial, 49 Senators voted yes, and 51 voted no, with 67 ‘yes’ votes needed to pass.
During the impeachment, the political parties stayed on their own respective sides of the spectrum, but two senators went against what their party wished for. Mitt Romney, Senator from Utah, and Susan Collins from Maine both voted yes in regards to including witnesses during the trial. Romney also voted guilty on Article 1. Their votes did not impact the results, but many now criticize despite this. In an article from Newsweek, some called for his expulsion from the Senate Republican Conference while others suggested formal punishment, likely in the form of censure from the national party.
Some Las Lomas students shared their opinions on impeachment. Ross Manna, a Junior, believed it was absurd how Trump was on trial in the first place: “A bunch of pouty [liberals] are unhappy with [a] democratic election and need to get over it.” Another person who wishes to remain anonymous was also glad Trump was acquitted, and the whole case was needless in the first place, saying, “my dad’s cousin is in the house of representatives, and he saw the evidence and said there was no obstruction of congress.” Anon also says that Mitt Romney is only a republican by name, and his actions go against the Republican ideology.
Junior Dani Luna, on the other hand, believes Trump “was a bad impression on the outside world.” She still respects and acknowledges that Trump is our president, but hopes for change. Luna believes Mitt Romney should not face punishment for voicing his opinion and following his heart.