Commonwealth Policy Center

President Donald Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial by the U.S. Senate. This was only the third impeachment in U.S. history. Critics will say that it was partisan, yet Congressional Democrats couldn’t get a single Republican to join their articles of impeachment. However, a couple of Democrats defected to the Republican side. Some will accuse Senate Republicans of not calling witnesses. However, House Democrats had an opportunity to call those witnesses and they kept Republicans out of key meetings. This was the shortest investigation and the thinnest record of any impeachment in our history. As a result, Democratic performance cast a shadow on a process that many saw as a partisan exercise. In the end, Pres. Trump is enjoying his highest approval ratings in his presidency.