Our political analyst Dr. David Smith -- who's now with Sam Houston State University -- has been watching the impeachment process closely, and he believes the drama that unfolded today could have a big impact on next year's election.
"I think really where it's going to be most important is the Midwest, those swing states, those swing districts across the country, and how they perceive the process going," he said. "And we have some arguments being made in the House by members of the Republican party that it's a hoax, that it's a sham, that it's just being pushed through -- rush, rush, rush. But at the same time, how does it play out in the senate? So if that's their position, making sure there is a fair trial -- if it comes to that, so to say, -- even though it was a hoax or however they want to describe it, there was still some bipartisan nature, there was still some give-and-take in the Senate during the trial process. And that could be the deciding factor for some of those swing districts, swing states."
The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a speedy trial next month -- expected to end in acquittal -- keeping President Trump on the job.