What’s Going on in Capitol Hill?

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Isabella Riopelle '21, Copy Editor

In political news, President Trump has been facing impeachment charges. On Sept 24, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry for President Trump, on the terms of calling upon a foreign power to intervene in the 2020 election, according to the National Public Radio. Months later, on Dec. 18, the House Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 to impeach President Trump on the articles of abuse of power in office and obstruction of Congress.

The trial got underway on Jan. 16 with the chief justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr., moderating it. According to the Washington Post, the impeachment trial is focused on “the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including former vice president Joe Biden.” The New York Times reported the argument of President Trump’s lawyers, which was that a president may not be removed from office for demanding political favors if they believe that their re-election is in the best interest of the nation. Republicans feel that they are ready to vote on the two articles of impeachment already, and plan to do so by Jan. 31.

To pass a motion to assemble more witnesses and documentary requests, Democrats would need four Republicans to join them in their vote, which could prove difficult as only two have agreed to do so thus far.

The trial has adjourned until Feb. 3, when closing arguments will be heard. The Senate will make a final vote on whether or not to convict President Trump on Feb. 5 (The New York Times). With the trial coming to a close, the United States will face either the conviction or acquittal of President Trump.