The impeachment of Donald Trump

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The impeachment of Donald Trump

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Our current political climate in the United States is turbulent at best. Political extremism is now the norm between the democrats, liberals, republicans, and of course the conservative “Trumpers.” For those who don’t know, impeachment is the process which the US constitution provides for removing politicians from office. The constitution lays out a broad scope of offences that can lead to impeachment: “Treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” And even before Donald Trump was elected president, there was talk of his impeachment due to possibly holding multiple felonies. And now with his recent accusations of injustice, some Americans may be getting their wish.

    Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that “Democrats will begin impeachment proceedings against the US president and are planning to hold an inquiry to investigate accusations” of Trump soughting Ukraine’s help to bring down his potential rival for the 2020 election, Joe Biden. Allegedly, in a July 2019 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to mount an investigation of Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. Trump defended these claims by explaining that he framed the requests as a “favor” after he reminded his counterpart that “the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine”. Overshadowing the conversation was the fact that Trump had recently suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Congress had approved for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia.

    In order for Trump to be impeached, the following process must occur uninterrupted. First, sufficient evidence of wrongdoing must be presented the House. Unless this happens, Trump will remain in office. The House then votes on the articles of impeachment after the evidence is presented, and a simple 51% must vote in support of the Senate impeachment trial to have it pass the articles. After the trial, the Senate votes on whether or not to convict the president. If less than two thirds of the votes are in favor of impeachment the President remains in office. And of course, if two thirds or more of the vote are reached (67%) then the president is officially removed from office. In case of this, the vice president then takes over as president after the impeachment is complete. If this impeachment process were to happen now, that would leave Vice President Mike Pence in the oval office as America’s new president. 

    The process is only beginning, as preliminary evidence is only starting to be collected. The main evidence so far is concerns Trump’s possible political corruption in regard to both Ukraine and Russia. His other discussions concerning charges of stautory rape, solicitation of prostitues, and long standing history of sexual assult are not being concidered in the process.

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