As of Sep. 24, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives announced a formal impeachment inquiry to begin on President Donald Trump.
The reasoning: Back in July, Trump had a phone call with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, pressuring him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in pursuit of personal gain for his 2020 reelection campaign.
An important issue to understand is that for the impeachment process to go through, committees must come together and investigate the president and draft articles of impeachment. Next, the House debates each article of impeachment on the House floor and if one gains a majority vote, he is impeached.
However, he will not necessarily be removed from office. If this were to happen, the Senate would then have to hold a trial on each article and vote to either convict or acquit. The president would be removed from office if two-thirds of the votes chose to convict.
In the past, there have been three impeachment inquiries, but only two have successfully gone through. This was President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and President Bill Clinton in 1998. President Nixon was almost impeached back in 1974, however he resigned before the House could vote.
It all comes down to this: We all know that our president has his faults and has committed questionable acts to our country.
However, does this call for impeachment so late into his term?
The answer is yes. It is not a matter of whether it is too late to begin the process, it is a matter of preserving the dignity of our Constitution.
In the past, Trump has committed scandals such as buying silence from people, firing the FBI Director James Comey, suspicious interaction with Russian president Vladamir Putin, harming our environment and making a fool of our nation. Nonetheless, impeachment was thrown up in the air and slowly diminished.
His confession to his conversation with President Zelenskiy was the last straw and a call for action.
When he was first elected, I said, “Why not give him the benefit of the doubt?” However, as time went on, I felt like every time I heard the name President Trump, it was associated with something negative.
If this is the person that is representing our country, how far must we go before we put an end to it?
Letting this go will be allowing the issue to fade away once again and leaving the possibility for his reelection.
Trump believes that according to the second article of the Constitution, he can do whatever he pleases. However, article two section, four states that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
What he has done in his presidency has violated a number of these statements.
Our nation was one set to be a democracy, not a monarchy with a ruler to do as he or she wishes. We have the right to a balanced government with checks and balances, not a dictating tyrant.
Therefore, Trump’s impeachment is not only crucial, it is urgent. We cannot move forward to our next elections knowing that someone who is more than willing to challenge the integrity of the election process, obtains potential to sit in our Oval Office for another four years. There must be an end to this ridicule.
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