If convicted, Vice President Mike Pence would have taken charge of the office. Mr Trump, who is seeking a second term in the November 3 polls, has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the allegations as a political witch-hunt against him by his opponents.“The Democrats know they can’t beat him and so they are coming up with these wild allegations. This is terrible and nonsense,” his campaign office said in a statement.
According to a Gallup poll, Mr Trump’s approval rating surged to 49% this week, a personal best. He said he would speak to people about his latest victory in the impeachment trial soon.Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney was the only lawmaker from the party to convict Mr Trump on the charge of abuse of power. Two other moderate Republican lawmakers, whom the Democrats had their hopes pinned on, did not vote to convict the president.
A move to remove the US president will need at least two-third majority in the 100-member Senate, which seemed a farfetched idea since the Republicans held the House majority.The Democrats sought to impeach the president after he allegedly asked the Ukrainian President to launch a corruption probe against Joe Biden, a Democratic Presidential hopeful and former US Vice President, and his son Hunter.
Mr Hunter who had earlier worked with a Ukrainian Gas Company when his father was in office.Democrats saw the move as a political vendetta against his rivals. Mr Trump had claimed that Mr Hunter unethically held a board position in the company when senior Biden was in office.They also charged the president of withholding some $390 million in security aid to Ukraine for pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart in digging up dirt on the Bidens.
They also accused him of creating obstruction during the trial when the House impeachment committee testimony and documents from the White House.The Democrats had compiled a 28,000-page report after a complaint from an anonymous whistleblower for the impeachment investigation.
- India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) is a pioneering e-magazine and portal focused on international affairs & the India Story. A venture of TGII Media Private Limited, a leading media, publishing and consultancy company, IWN has carved a niche for balanced and exhaustive reporting and analysis of international affairs. Eminent personalities, politicians, diplomats, authors, strategy gurus and news-makers have been interviewed by and have contributed to India Writes Network, as also “India and World,” a magazine focused on global affairs. To subscribe to India and World, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Africa Insights2020.05.26Pandemic & Beyond: India, Africa to forge defining partnership of next decades: Rahul Chhabra
- Africa Insights2020.05.26It’s time for Indian companies to Make in Africa: Eritrea Ambassador
- Africa Insights2020.05.24Mapping Next Steps in India-Africa Partnership: Pandemic and Beyond
- Diplomacy2020.05.23Post-COVID, India can emerge as a stronger force in West Asia: Anil Trigunayat