Has Trump learned his lesson?

Sen. Susan Collins said President Trump had learned his lesson after he was impeached — but has he?

What has he learned from the impeachment?

The investigation of President Trump over the potential obstruction of justice has come to a close but not before some major disagreements between Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr came into public view. Mueller was responsible for investigating President Trump and whether he attempted to obstruct the Russia investigation. Mueller’s report ultimately decided not to reach a conclusion on whether Trump was guilty of breaking the law. This conclusion resulted with Barr deciding to reach the conclusion that this meant Trump did not break the law.

The impeachment process

Impeachment is a process within the United States government where a legislature will bring charges against a representative, or a civil officer, of the government for crimes that have allegedly been committed. The process is similar to that of an indictment by a grand jury. Impeachment can also happen at two different levels: the state level or the federal level. When an official is impeached, they are to remain in office until a trial is held. The trial is where the officer would be removed from office if convicted and is a separate process from the impeachment itself.

Trump’s acquittal

After several months of hearings, the US Senate remained divided, and Trump was acquitted of the charges that he obstructed Congress to increase his chances of re-election and abused his powers. When asked about what kind of lesson he learned from the impeachment, Trump responded, “That the Democrats are crooked. They’ve got a lot of crooked things going. That they’re vicious, that they shouldn’t have brought impeachment, and that my poll numbers are 10 points higher.” He continues by apologizing to his family, stating, “I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people.”