Without missing a beat, while the House of Representatives was voting to impeach him on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump continued to rally his supporters in Michigan.
An expected outcome from the Democratic-led Congress, President Trump has been impeached on two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
But the political drama is not likely to end soon as some Republicans had hoped.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has no intention of sending the articles of impeachment to the senate until she hears a fair process on how a trial would be structured.
“I believe that this is a very strategic move on Pelosi’s part. She is going to see how many votes on the Republican side she’ll be able to garner before she can move it forward in the senate. Without the votes that she needs to move it in the Senate, there will be no trial,” said political analyst Cheryl Quinio Blodgett.
Blodgett said the move could backfire.
“The public wants to see closure, especially the Trump supporters, they want to see closure. However, the longer she waits, it could look as though they are being very partisan and they don’t have the votes or the evidence to move forward.”
A recent poll found that 7 in 10 Americans which includes 64 percent of Republicans — agree that Trump should allow administration officials to appear in a Senate trial.
Jeff Coleman agreed that the president should have a chance to defend himself. The former Pennsylvania state congressman, however, said all the evidence he heard during the hearings were compelling.
“I thought it was significantly well-executed case, and had I been in Congress, it would have been very difficult for me to vote, to ignore all of the facts of the impeachment case. But I would have been one of a handful of Republicans who would have supported the impeachment.”
Two Fil-Am Congressmen, TJ Cox of California and Bobby Scott of Virginia, both Democrats, issued statements explaining their votes in support of impeachment.
Cox said that one remedy for Congress to hold the president accountable in obeying his duty to his constituents and the constitution was to vote to impeach.
Scott said, “If we expect our democracy to survive, President Trump’s abuse of power cannot be ignored.”
Meanwhile, Coleman pointed out that considering the political climate, many republican lawmakers are under pressure.
“But much more difficult if you’re a member of Congress having to make these very difficult decisions, knowing that whatever you do, the next day, you’re gonna have hundreds of phone calls opposing you or supporting you based on what you did, what action you took.”
If a Senate trial is held, at least 20 Republicans would need to vote with Democrats to remove President Trump from office.