Local professor discusses impeachment trial

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continuing, a local college professor is skeptical of the proceedings.

Professor Robert Anderson, of WVU-Parkersburg, says it's unlikely the president will be removed from office, unless a substantial number of Republican U.S. Senators vote for removal.

He doubts the impeachment and removal process for a current president has not been historically used in the way it was set in the U.S. Constitution.

"When you look back at the two previous impeachments, a lot of that was politically motivated as well. And I don't really think the founders intended impeachment to be grounds for political gain."

Dr. Anderson says, while the votes of West Virginia's two senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, may cancel each other out, Manchin, considered a moderate, has an opportunity to be a clear voice in the process.

Manchin said Friday he takes seriously his role as an impartial juror in the trial.