Why Trump’s Impeachment Trial was Weak from the Start


John Bolton (right) poses with Fred and Cindy Warmbier. Photograph Courtesy of @AmbJohnBolton on Twitter

By Mateo Vega, Reporter

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has demanded nearly two weeks’ worth of attention from the media and the American people.

President Donald Trump golfs days after the vote on allowing new witness testimonies. Photograph Courtesy of @realDonaldTrump on Twitter

Regardless of all the media attention, most people could predict the outcome before the trial even began.

The trial was almost a mute movement from the start-it was clearly going to be voted on by partisan lines.

Democrats hold 47 seats, which is not enough to remove President Trump from office.

In order to remove the president from office, the Democrats in the Senate would need to flip 20 seats for a ⅔ majority.

Senator Susuan Collins planned to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment. Photograph courtesy of @JenniferWGME via Twitter

The only grounds the Democrats had that could potentially have made a significant change in the voting was ultimately shut down.

The Senate vote to hear new witnesses speak was lost by Democrats 49-51 on Friday, Jan. 31.

This motion came into play when former National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed that he had damaging evidence against the president.

Bolton wrote in his new book that Trump wanted to freeze millions in security aid to Ukraine until they agreed to assist with investigations into Democrats, including Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.

This information is now unimportant since John Bolton will not have the opportunity to testify.

Ultimately, the entire trial came down just to partisan lines.

There was nearly no way that Democrats could have won the trial, and the vote against hearing new witnesses shows that entirely.

The trial will likely be an even further failure for Democrats as it took away media coverage and polling of the presidential candidates in Iowa, who are caucusing on Monday, Feb. 3.

The final vote of the trial will come out in Trump’s favor on Wednesday, Feb. 5, likely to no surprise to anybody.