January 20, 2019
The tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump has ended exactly two years to the day since he took the oath of office on the Capitol steps.
Trump became the first president ever to be impeached and removed when the Senate voted yesterday eveneing to end his tenure in office.
The vote was overwhelming, with 56 Democrat and 28 Republican senators voting guilty on both articles of impeachment: the first obstruction of justice in the Mueller Investigation and the second for lying about his personal lawyer’s contact with Russians in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in as Trump’s successor early this morning. Now President Pence enters the Oval Office under a cloud of suspicion regarding his role in the proven Russian collusion.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is reportedly working on a deal to allow Pence to resign without facing criminal charges similar to Trump, thus paving the way for what victorious Democrats have described as “The Nuclear Option”: the ascendancy of Pelosi to the Presidency, followed by a quick confirmation of Hillary Clinton as Vice President then followed by Pelosi’s resignation allowing Mrs. Clinton to succeed her as President.
The move is seen as a means of “righting the terrible wrong” done to candidate Clinton who lost her run in 2016 due to the now confirmed Russian collusion of the Trump campaign.
The end of the Trump Presidency began early last summer with the testimony of the Special Counsel’s star witness, Trump’s one time personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Cohen, facing years of jail time for his part in the payoff of porn star Stormy Daniels, was persuaded to turn state’s witness and detailed dozens of previously unknown contacts he made agents of the Russian government at Trump’s personal request.
Once the damning nature of these contacts became public knowledge the electoral worm turned on the Republicans and Trump.
November’s Blue Wave gave both the House and Senate to the Democrats and sealed the doom of the Trump Presidency.
As news of Trump’s removal spread spontaneous celebratory demonstrations began springing up in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and other urban areas nationwide.
There have been a few unconfirmed reports of small demonstrations in support of Trump in some lightly populated rural areas.
For the most part, the transition has been widely hailed as proof “The System” works.
Trump leaves office with an approval rating of 19%.
(From reports compiled by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post and other news services.)