Trump Impeachment Allegations
January 15, 2020
If anyone has seen or read the news lately, they have probably seen a specific topic circling. This topic is Donald Trump’s impeachment allegations. Many people have wanted to get Donald Trump out of office, but why and how? First, let’s start with what impeachment means.
According to the U.S. Senate, impeachment means “If a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly, the House of Representatives may impeach—formally charge—that official. If the official is subsequently is convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, he or she is removed from office.” Meaning if a government official (in this case, the president) has done something that goes against the oath he took, they can be charged or potentially removed from office. So if a president does get impeached, they may not be discharged from office, but only charged with what they are being accused of. A government official can be impeached for “conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The process starts with The House Of Representatives, and then if it passes through it’ll go to the Judiciary committee for investigation. If it all passes through, then a trial will be conducted. Now that impeachment is described, onto the actual situation.
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump was brought about by Nancy Pelosi. It was started by an anonymous whistleblower that filed a concern about an action by Donald Trump. What exactly was this concern about? Trump has been accused of calling the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and trying to push him to dig up dirt on his leading opponent, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. He is also accused of trying to bargain military aid in exchange for the information of his opponent. Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, were in Ukraine for a few years. Joe Biden was the Vice President at the time, which caused him to be in Ukraine, while his son was working for an energy company called Burisma in Ukraine as well.
What do both sides believe? On the side against impeachment, Trump has denied trying to bargain military aid for information and he calls the impeachment a “Witch Hunt” by Democrats/non-Trump supporters. Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he did not feel pressured during the call. “I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo.” Volodymyr Zelensky stated in an interview with TIME addressing the Impeachment.
On the other side of the impeachment, rough transcripts of the phone call were released. These transcripts do show that Trump tried to persuade Zelensky to research Joe and Hunter Biden. Before the call, millions of dollars of aid going to Ukraine was blocked, people speculate it was due to this, but the White House denied the allegation. There is also no evidence currently found that supports the idea that Joe or Hunter Biden did anything wrong which would dismiss why they were being looked into by Trump if not for political gain.
On December 18 of 2019, Trump was impeached by the house, making him the third president in history to be impeached. Donald Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The votes passed 230 to 197 for abuse of power, only 2 Democrats opposed the impeachment and all Republicans voting were in opposition. For obstruction of power, it was 229 to 198 due to one Democrat joining the side against the Impeachment. On December 18, after the impeachment, Donald Trump tweeted “SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!” The trial in the Senate will take place next year before re-election to decide if Donald Trump remains in office or if he will be removed.
After reading this article, hopefully readers can understand and see both sides and viewpoints to help give a basic overview of this impeachment.