Senate Impeachment Trial Falls Down Partisan Lines

By: Kenyan Carter | Reporter

The Senate impeachment trial which will decide whether or not President Donald Trump is removed from office has proven to be a very partisan process.

Trump is accused of attempting to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate political rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter Biden by withholding congressionally approved aid to Ukraine.

To recap, Donald Trump was impeached by a majority of Congress in December on two articles of impeachment charged against him. The first article charged Trump with abuse of power, and the second article charged him with obstruction of Congress.

The vote in the democratic majority congress was almost entirely along party lines and the trial in the Senate looks to be more of the same.

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Democrats had been lobbying Republicans in the GOP majority Senate to vote to allow more evidence and witness testimony from key figures such as former national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton wrote in his upcoming book that President Trump personally asked him to ensure Ukraine would cater to his political demands, The New York Times reported.

Public support for witnesses is also very high. A Quinnipiac University national poll found that “75% of registered voters said witnesses should be allowed to testify in the impeachment trial.” 

Support for witness testimony included “95% of Democrats, 49% of Republicans, and 75% of independents.”

The Democrat’s attempts were in vain however with The Senate voting 51-49 on Friday against hearing new evidence and witnesses. Only two Republicans voted in favor of the resolution.  

Lisa Murkowski, a Republican Senator from Alaska, explained that she voted no to witnesses because she believes the President is facing an unfair process.

“Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate,” Murkowski said. “I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, Congress has failed.”

Charles E Schumer, a Democrat and Senate Minority Leader from New York, argues that not allowing witnesses and evidence hurts the credibility of the trial.

“Americans will know that this trial was not a real trial,” Schumer said. “It had no witnesses, no documents. It is a tragedy on a very large scale.”

The Senate is expected to vote on both articles of impeachment around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Stay tuned to the Vanguard for updates on the impeachment trials.