• John Luis

Trump Making History, Twice

Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. The only three presidents in American history to be formally impeached by the House of Representatives. No president has ever been removed from office, including Trump, the only President to ever be formally impeached twice, and acquitted twice. On February 24, 1868, Andrew Johnson was impeached for firing and rehiring people without sufficient reasoning. On December 19, 1998, Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.


Trump's first impeachment came on December 18, 2019 and he was acquitted on February 5th, 2020. The articles submitted were based upon obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. That basis for these articles stemmed from a phone call that took place between Trump and the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky. It was suggested that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure them into leading an investigation into Joe Biden, causing him to be impeached upon abuse of power. Administration officials were told to ignore subpoenas for the investigations, leading him to be impeached upon obstruction of congress. Insufficient evidence not strong enough to conjure enough votes for conviction led to his acquittal.


His second impeachment took place on January 13, 2021, one week before his term was set to expire. It was alleged that Trump “incited” the chaos that took place at the protests near the capitol on January 6, causing him to be impeached upon incitement of insurrection. Incitement of insurrection is defined in FindLaw legal dictionary as “The act or an instance of revolting esp. violently against civil or political authority or against an established government.” Meaning that it was being alleged that Trump was responsible for the chaos, although a public statement was aired directed at the protesters quite literally saying, “Go home… we have to have peace.”


As is known, the protests did not stop or go home and began to storm the capitol. Crowds of people made it into the capital, even as far as the senate chamber posing for photos. The New York Times reports that “At least 138 officers, 73 from the Capitol Police, and 65 from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, were injured.” The New York Times also reports that two officers have died by suicide after the event. Ashli E. Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from the San Diego area was shot and killed by an officer during the protests, who is now on administrative leave.


These historic events that led Donald Trump to receive the historic title of the only president to be impeached twice is something that is not likely to happen again. With another chance to run in 2024, maybe Trump will go for 3-0.


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