After months of inquiry into President Donald Trump’s suspect activities in Ukraine, the trial came to a close last week as the Senate voted to acquit Trump.
The week began with House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team making their closing arguments. Lead manager for the House, Rep. Adam Schiff (D – CA), gave an especially powerful statement condemning Trump’s actions and pleading senators to take a stand against him.
“We must say enough – enough,” Schiff said. “”He has compromised our elections, and he will do so again. You will not change him. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less, and decency matters not at all.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R – Utah) made history when he announced he would be the sole Republican to vote to convict Trump on Wednesday, making him the first senator in American history to vote to remove a president of their own party from office.
“The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival,” Romney said. “The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”
The vote took place hours after Romney’s statement. Foreach article of impeachment, 67 votes were needed to convict Trump of the charge. Each fell far short of the two-thirds majority required to remove Trump from office. Article one – accusing the president of abuse of power – ended with a 48-52 vote. Article two – accusing the president of obstruction of Congress – ended with a 47-53 vote.
Following the vote, Trump wasted no time getting back at representatives involved with impeachment proceedings. Against the urgings of senators, Trump fired Gordon Sondland and Alexander Vindman, two officials that served as witnesses against him in House impeachment hearings.