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President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Dec. 18, 2019.

The impeachment was a major event because President Trump is the third president in our country’s history to be impeached. The first was Andrew Johnson in 1868, and the second was Bill Clinton in 1998.

For President Trump, the impeachment process started with an anonymous complaint filed in August 2019. It ALLEGED that Trump tried to get the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for alleged wrongdoing. Biden is trying to become the Democratic nominee for the next presidential election. If Biden wins the nomination, he will be running against Trump later this year.

On Sept. 24, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced an impeachment inquiry and said that asking a foreign power to investigate an opponent shows that the president had betrayed his oath of office and our country’s security. President Trump has denied that he did anything wrong.

On Dec. 18, the House of Representatives approved the articles of impeachment against President Trump. This means that the House of Representatives found enough evidence for a case against Trump to go forward. The next step is for the House of Representatives to send the articles to the Senate for a trial, but they have not yet taken that step.

Once the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, they would hold a trial. During an impeachment trial, House members argue the case against the president, and the Senate acts as the jury. The trial is overseen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In President Trump’s case, many people expect that the Senate would dismiss the case against Trump because the majority of Senators are Republicans, which is President Trump’s party as well. However, if the president were to be found guilty, the Senate would then have the power to remove him from office.

Both former presidents who were impeached, Johnson and Clinton, were found not guilty by the Senate and were not removed from office.

Will You Spread Kindness & Read More in 2020?

Balloons shaped for year 2020The New Year seems to be off to a fine start for at least some kids!

Sixth-grader Aiden Molony spent New Year’s Day with his family, helping his grandmother with her place. “I went to my grandma’s and helped her clean up her house,” the homeschooler says.

On New Year’s Eve, fifth-grader Rori Divijak returned to her old gymnastics place to ring in 2020. “I went to a party at the place where we used to do gymnastics, and we (the gymnasts) stayed all night there!”

Did you and your friends make any New Year’s resolutions?

Maybe it’s to not fight as much with your brother or sister. Maybe you made a resolution to earn better grades or help take care of the family dog or cat more.

Aiden’s resolution is to read more books this year. He especially likes Harry Potter and wants to start with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth book in the series.

He also wants to learn to speak more fluently in Spanish this year.

At home, he plans to be nicer to his parents and “don’t argue as much.” He’d also like to help with the laundry more, something he doesn’t usually do!

Rori has a more ATHLETIC resolution. “I’m going to join Girls on the Run (an EMPOWERMENT running program), and we’re going to run a 5K,” she says. “And my goal is to get down to running a 25-minute 5K.” To reach her goal, she plans to practice running, cross-train and to eat healthy.

For 2020 “I’m going to work on being kind to people and not being mean to anyone,” Rori says. At school “I want to make sure that everyone feels good and no one feels left out or anything.”

She also is looking forward to going up to Flagstaff for a big field trip this year. “And since we’re going to be studying space, we’re going to get to see Meteor Crater, too!”

January 2020