Clearing up confusion over former President Trump’s 2nd impeachment
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - We’ve been talking about impeachment for more than a year when then President Donald Trump was impeached the first time.
But we’re still getting many questions from viewers in Eastern Carolina who are confused about the terminology and angry over WITN’s usage of the word “impeach.”
That’s why WITN is taking a deeper dive into the procedures.
When lawmakers impeached former President Donald Trump for a second time, it was his second impeachment and a historic moment in the country.
An ECU Political Science Professor shared an explainer to answer impeachment questions from viewers.
One WITN viewer said, “Why did your reporter say President Trump is making history by being the first president to be impeached twice? They are having a hearing, but he has not been impeached until all evidence heard, and the vote is cast and recorded. Kind of like pronouncing a charged citizen guilty before the trial.”
But political experts say that’s not true.
The definition of the word “impeach” is “to charge with misconduct.”
Political Science Professor Dr. Tom Eamon said the definition of the word is not what people mean when they say it.
Former President Trump is the only person to have been impeached twice. Only two other presidents in U.S. history have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. So far, no president who has been impeached has been convicted.
Dr. Eamon says if former President Trump is convicted, it will be a major milestone in our country’s history.
He said in this particular case, the big question is whether someone who is out of office can be impeached and convicted.
Currently, Democrats have presented their side, Trump’s defense team will present its side, and then the senators will vote whether to convict or acquit Trump of the article of “incitement of insurrection.”
Finally, former President Donald Trump has been impeached twice, and acquitted once. We’ll know when this trial is over whether the U.S. will have its first president to ever be convicted in an impeachment trial, or if he only keeps the title of the first president to be impeached twice.
You can watch the trial on WITN or on the WITN secondary channel—7.2—when we break away from national coverage for our local newscasts.
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