The Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump

The Senate Trial

On December 18th, 2019, President Trump became the third President in American history to be impeached.  The matter was then handed to the U.S. Senate where a trial was conducted to determine whether the President should be convicted and removed from office.


A Completely Partisan Acquittal

Senate GOP majority votes to acquit President Trump, despite overwhelming evidence of guilt.

Despite overwhelming evidence of President Trump's guilt, and all 100 U.S. Senators having taken an oath before God to do "impartial justice" as jurors in the Senate Impeachment Trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell maintained control over his party, convincing all but one Republican Senator to vote in favor of acquitting the President.

Much to McConnell's surprise, however, two hours before the final vote, Senator Mitt Romney delivered a speech in which he declared he would be voting to convict President Trump on the charge of abuse of power.  Clarifying that he was a man who takes his faith extremely seriously, and consequently had to take the oath he took before God to do "impartial justice" very seriously, the Senator explained the reasons he had to break from his party:

“The president’s purpose was personal and political,” Mr. Romney said of the president’s actions toward Ukraine. “Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”

While few (including those of us here at the Americans for Impeachment campaign) considered the possibility of removal very realistic considering the hyper-partisan environment in Washington today, and the two-thirds threshold necessary to achieve removal, Romney's vote dealt a humiliating blow to President Trump by permanently establishing in the record bi-partisan support for the President's removal from office.

In his closing remarks, Senator Romney clarified why he was voting to convict the President, despite knowing his one vote would have no impact on the overall result, stating, "I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office. The results of this Senate court will, in fact, be appealed to a higher court, the judgment of the American people. Voters will make the final decision, just as the president’s lawyers have implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate, but irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability believing that my country expected it of me."

Here at the Americans for Impeachment campaign, we appreciated the Senator's rational. For months, we ourselves had been asked countless times why we were fighting to impeach President Trump when removal itself was so unlikely. The answer, simply put, is that the President has commit numerous impeachable offenses since taking office, and we believed he needed to be held to account for those offenses. We acknowledged that the mechanisms of impeachment and removal set forth in the Constitution are ineffective because they leave the determination of guilt in the hands of partisan politicians who care less about truth than they do their own partisan objectives. But our campaign believed in a principle: that no man is above the law - not even the President - and that in a system where the President is the one person in American who cannot be indicted for crimes he's openly and willfully commit, impeachment is the only remedy available to the American people.

While we knew the Senate GOP was likely to band together to pre-bake an outcome to the President's Senate Impeachment Trial that wouldn't result in a Republican president being the first president in American history to be removed from office, we also knew that not impeaching President Trump would set a dangerous precedent going forward. So we went forward with it regardless.

And while Trump has not (yet) become the first President to be removed from office, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointed out... impeachment is forever.

The simple fact is, the Republican blockade of relevant documents and live testimony in the Senate trial, coupled with the prioritization of their own partisan objectives before the oaths they had taken before God to do impartial justice, did not prove Donald Trump innocent of the crimes he was alleged to have commit. On the contrary, the shameful disregard for the truth and justice shown by every Republican senator (apart from Mitt Romney) served only to stain the credibility and the legitimacy of the Republican Party for years to come.

Consequently, while the Americans for Impeachment campaign did not result in the removal of a President who had clearly abused his power and obstructed Congress' own investigation into that abuse of power, we did succeed in one other significant goal: Showing the American people what the Republican Party will stand for (partisan shenanigans, even when issues of national security are at play) and what they won't stand for (truth, justice, and prioritizing patriotism before partisanship).

We stand by our work. We stand by our campaign. We stand by the result.

What Integrity Looks Like...

Unlike impeachment proceedings that unfold in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senators who serve as jurors in impeachment trials swear an oath before God to do "impartial justice."

Of the 53 Republican Senators who swore an oath before God to do "impartial justice" in the trial of President Trump, only one had the courage to be honest and acknowledge that the President was guilty of abusing his power. That man was Senator Mitt Romney.  May history forever remember Senator Romney as a man of conscience, integrity, and honesty.   And may the record always reflect a disturbing truth: of the 248 Republican politicians serving in the United States Congress, only a single one was willing to put truth, justice, and his country before partisan objectives.

Click on the link below to see Senator Romney's speech in which he explained why he couldn't band together with his party in acquitting the President of his alleged abuse of power. In sum: "The President is guilty."

Now Available: The President's Trial Memo

The President's Trial Memorandum is now available to the public.

On January 20th, 2020, the White House filed a trial memorandum ahead of the impeachment trial of President Trump. The trial memorandum is available for download on the White House website

For other documents of relevance relating to the Trump impeachment inquiry & trial, see our Key Documents page.


Now Available: The Impeachment Trial Brief

The House Impeachment Trial Brief is now available to the public.

On January 18th, 2020, the House impeachment managers filed a trial brief ahead of the impeachment trial of President Trump. The trial brief is available for download on the House Judiciary Committee website

For other documents of relevance relating to the Trump impeachment inquiry & trial, see our Key Documents page.


The Swearing-in of the Chief Justice & Senators

Chief Justice Roberts is sworn in by President Pro Tempore Senator Grassley, followed by Chief Justice swearing in all 100 Senators.

Date: January 16th, 2020

The Articles of Impeachment are Introduced

The U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began on January 16th, 2020 with the reading of the Articles of Impeachment before the Senate by the Impeachment Managers.