Special post: Donald Trump's Impeachment Trial

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What has happened so far?

In late 2019, US President Donald Trump was "impeached". Impeachment proceedings are a rare event in the US and are a final check on the president's power. The United States Congress, the part of the US government that writes and brings in laws - can put certain senior American officials like the president on trial.

He was accused of seeking help from Ukraine's government to help himself get re-elected this November. He's alleged to have held back millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine, until they publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden, the man who might be challenging him in the 2020 Presidential election.

After someone is impeached, they then go on trial in the Senate - (a part of Congress). The politicians in the Senate decide whether they are guilty or not. It's a political trial not a criminal one.

This is a very big deal in the US - only two presidents before Donald Trump have been impeached.

What's the latest?

Donald Trump was acquitted of both charges in his trial and so will remain as President at least until the election in November of this year. You can read more here and also find out why 4 numbers led to his acquittal here.

There's a simpler version here, from Newsround.

How can I have my say?

By commenting on this post! This will be the place for discussion about the trial and what's happening. We'll update links and show you where to find out the latest.

Comments (28)

  • Lyons Hall Primary School friendly_economics | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    He has been a very bad president because he told ,the Army to fire a misle at a person in iarn

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Jan 2020

    I think that it is totally reasonable that he is having the impeachment and he deserves it after sending people for a murder and all the other crimes he has done. He would of been in prison so long ago but because he is president he got special rights.

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  • Halsnead logo diligent_strawberry | Halsnead Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    I don't really think Donald Trump shall be the president of such an important country, he is not very selfless . Is racist and also speaks very unkind things about women

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    1. Halsnead logo amiable_panther | Halsnead Primary School
      diligent_strawberry's comment 28 Jan 2020

      I agree with you dilligent_strawberry.Without women,many important things would not have happened.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg serious_song | Streatham Wells Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    He is selfish because he black mailed Ukraine and he also fired a missile at an Iranian

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  • Preston Manor School reserved_knowledge | Preston Manor School
    24 Jan 2020

    In my opinion i find Donald Trump really dangerous as he killed General Solemani after he had killed General Solemani he has decided to take an interview and call him a 'monster' although he has killed him . I think Donald trump does not understand that solemani had a family and people in Iran are mourning his loss. In my conclusion I think that Donald trump does not really care about other peoples feelings.

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  • Halsnead logo crafty_fish | Halsnead Primary School
    28 Jan 2020

    Donald Trump should not be a president he is racist, he doesn't care about other people he wants to build a wall between Mexico and the USA I don't think its right I'm against racism everyone is equal its not right.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    28 Jan 2020

    I think that Trump's Impeachment trial is nessesary becuase it is unacceptable that he is using Ukraine to dig up some dirt and bad things about Joe Biden so he can stay America's President. He has done many bad things such as firing a missile at Iran, killing one of the most beloved generals. He's also been very racist to alot of people and especially the people who are homeless in Mexico. He has been rude by stating that America need to "build a wall" to keep Mexicans out when they are just trying to find a new home somewhere that is nice but instead, Donald Trump is being unwelcoming! Like you said, it's rare for someone to be impeached and that is why I think that Trump should be impeached.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 29 Jan 2020

      Thank you for your contribution on this, intrepid_hurricane. Is there anything that surprises you about the impeachment trial?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_ocean | Upton Cross Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    I think Trumps impeachment is necessary because he has been a very bad leader and hasn't shown the following Respectful,nice and hasn't created a good environment for America to live in which a true leader I know shouldn't do everything but it would be fine if at least he was trying but isn't even doing that.So I think the impeachment was fair and Trump if he cared he would stop tweeting on his phone but still hasn't done that.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      methodical_ocean's comment 29 Jan 2020

      Some people might argue that Trump has been a good leader for America as the economy is doing better. How might you respond to this?

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  • Foxfield-logo-250x250.jpg mindful_wallaby | Foxfield Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    i think that donald trump dosent make a good president😠.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      mindful_wallaby's comment 30 Jan 2020

      Can you give a reason why?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    02 Feb 2020

    I think that Donald Trump's impeachment is unnecessary as Sennet and many other organisations are on Donald Trump's side. This would result in the impeachment trial being worthless and only encouraging him to think that he can commit more havoc in America and other countries. Also, if the country tried having a say, it would be in vain as Donald Trump's head is so high that he only hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. And he says he wants to make "America great again" when he in 2015 planned to shut down the arrival of any Muslim in the United States Of America, doubled down on immigrants and even remarked that he doesn't like captured Vietnams! Overall, I think the impeachment isn't necessary as he already knows the outcome wouldn't be the slightest effective to him.

    Thank you for reading.
    Memorable_orchard.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 03 Feb 2020

      Your comment shows brilliant scepticism, well done. Although it might not be effective, do you think its still worthwhile?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 04 Feb 2020

        In my opinion, it is not worthwhile. I think this way because if Donald Trump's illogical choices have led him into hot water, including killing one of Iran's supreme leaders, he has still gotten away including this situation with his impeachment. It is only worthwhile to him as he has gotten away with his cunning and devious plans which have motivated him to escalate to more rude things like wanting to 'build a wall' to block off the homeless Mexicans from coming into China and many more discriminating things.

        However, it is worthwhile as if it was on the news in England, then it has to be on the news in America. Therefore, this will discourage Donald Trump's followers to look up at him as a president. This would make protests occur to make Donald Trump resign. For example, Rosa Parks protested and she got her way. Therefore, if America protests about Donald Trump, he possibly could be fired! Also, the protests may make him frightened which will force him to change into a better president. Then America would be 'great again'.

        Moreover, I have a mixed mind about whether it is worthwhile or not.

        Thank you for reading,
        Memorable_orchard.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    03 Feb 2020

    I think Trump should get impeached because he has been incredibly racist towards people. He has also, like reserved_knowledge said, killed Solemani. He has also been charged of abuse of power, which in other words is using the power that he has as president of the United States to solicit interference from another country. He is also pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of his political rivals, which I think is wrong and should be stopped right away.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    03 Feb 2020

    He also hasn't been very nice to the people of Mexico who just want to cross the border to start a new life, thinking there will be hope on the other side but Trump had some soldiers waiting to drive them out again. I kind of don't blame him for that because I heard this from' Black Panther' .' If you let the refugees in, they bring their problems with them, then Wakanda becomes like everywhere else ', so I don't think Trump wants any problems in America.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      impartial_shark's comment 03 Feb 2020

      Do you agree with the quote?

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  • Halsnead logo best_watermelon | Halsnead Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    To be honest I don't think Donald trump should be a President of America because he tried to get us involed in his war which is stupid because he is not our president

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School thankful_bird | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    06 Feb 2020

    Some people think that Donald trump should be impeached because of the things he has done like sent missiles at Iran and nearly started a war also he has apparently paid Ukraine to dig up dirt about his closest rival to be president of the United States so that would mean that he has used the governments money to help his self win the people of America over and say he is a better leader

    Other people think that the impeachment is a load of rubbish and think he has done nothing wrong and helped the US’s economy is doing much better than it was. They think he is a great leader and helped them to become a better country and be more successful.

    So in conclusion I think that he should have gone through impeachment because he spent the US governments money just to improve his chances for president also people can have different opinions but this is what I think
    Thank you for reading my comment
    thankful_bird

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      thankful_bird's comment 06 Feb 2020

      Have you seen the most recent news om this?

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