Trump Acquittal Now All But Certain
CBJ — As of now, it appears the Impeachment Trial of U.S. President Donald Trump will officially end on Wednesday with his acquittal, a day after he delivers his State of the Union address.
Final closing arguments will be heard in the Senate on Monday, with a day off before the final vote on whether or not to remove Trump from office. Barring any unforeseen last minute miraculous changes in voting stances by the 100 Senators, Trump will be acquitted by the Republican controlled government body. A total of 67 votes would be needed for ouster in what is called a “super majority.” That means 20 Republicans would have to side with the Democrats, and that quite simply is not going to happen.
The Democrats had pushed hard for more witnesses in the trial — namely former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. However, the Republicans said the Democrats called 17 witnesses in the House and had their opportunity to ask questions there. Republicans say that they would have only considered more witnesses if they got to call a list of their own, including Adam Schiff, Hunter Biden and the whistleblower, whose identity turned out to be a very poorly kept secret, with his name being splashed across multiple websites and on social media. The Democrats repeatedly bristled at the notion of having any of those three take the stand under oath for a variety of reasons.
The Democratic House Managers knew the trial effected ended on Thursday night when retiring Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee officially stated he would not seek witnesses in the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial in the U.S. Senate. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski confirmed she would also vote no to witnesses. Only two Republicans — Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine — voted with the Democrats, but their push for witnesses fell short by a final tally of 51-49. A simple majority was all that was required to have more witnesses appear.
The United States has never been so divided in modern-day history, with partisan politics playing heavy in both the House in favour of the Democrats and now the Senate with the Republicans.