DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT:
“ WE THE PEOPLE ARE RISING UP AND WE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY.”
“ Impeachment is not a remedy for private wrongs; it’s a method of removing someone whose continued presence in office would cause grave danger to the nation.” - Charles Ruff
“ Impeachment should be reserved for treason, bribery, and high crimes and misdemeanors where the president’s actions are great and dangerous offense or attempts to subvert the Constitution and the most extensive injustice.” - George Mason
IMPEACHMENT: Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office; it is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is essentially the statement of charges against the official.
On December 18,2019 here in the U.S, the House of Representatives had voted, the impeachment of President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Which was, the Articles of Impeachment, then sent to the Senate for a final trial votes to see if Trump will be officially removed from the office or otherwise. So far, there happened to have 2 Democratic Representatives, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collins Peterson of Minnesota who have voted against the impeachment of Trump. For abuse an obstruction of power along with the rest of the members of the Replubican minority. Representatives, Jared Gordon, of Maine, stated there was an abuse of power but was against obstruction of Congress. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican who had then turned independent. On the first article of impeachment, The House had voted 230 to 175. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic Representative, of Hawaii abstained by voting present. He, himself had decided to call for a censure instead of an impeachment. On the Second article, voted 229 to 198, which Gabbard voted present again. While he was impeached, Trump was on stage promoting his 2020 campaign, “ Keep America Great” rally. Trump didn’t even leave any sorts of statements or taking questions from neither the reporters. During this time, as he was making his way into his crowd he had said, “ by the way, it doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying, “Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation. Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the President through the House of Representatives. Democrats have chosen to proceed on this partisan basis in spite of the fact that the President did absolutely nothing wrong. Indeed, weeks of hearings have proved that he did nothing wrong.”
“Throughout the House Democrats’ entire sham impeachment, the President was denied fundamental fairness and due process under the law. The House blatantly ignored precedent and conducted the inquiry in secrecy behind closed doors so that Chairman Adam Schiff and his partisan political cronies could selectively leak information to their partners in the media to push a false narrative.” which Grisham added.
“I rise today in support of these articles of impeachment. I come to this floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican but as an American. Trump has abused and violated the public trust.” Amash added, “His actions reflect precisely the type of conduct the framers of the Constitution intended to remedy through the power of impeachment. And it is our duty to impeach him.” - Amash
Which Ukranian President, Volodymyr Zelensky had reached out to Trump by phone call on July 25,2019. Zelensky was newly elected to lead Ukraine, had stated, “ I would like you to do us a favor..” Trump later on told Zelensky otherwise of the former presidential candidate, Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a theory about Ukraine, and that it was not Russia interfering with the 2016 election. The recorded call was then brought forward by a whistleblower, who had filed a complaint in August.
Whistleblower: a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.
It didn’t take long for the process of impeachment to begin. An official vote approving an impeachment in late October and on November 13. Again, behind closed doors, taking within 2 weeks. Lead by Chairman Adam Schiff, the committee who questioned the department officials, former ambassador Ukraine Marie Yovnovitch. EU Gordon Sondland , National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. On December 4, the House of Judiciary picked up the process and held hearings who presented the details of the committee's report.
On December 12, the House Judiciary Committee debated back over for more than 14 hours and then approved 2 articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of congress. The vote was then sent to the Full House of Representatives, which therefore has led to Trump’s final impeachment on Wednesday.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS IMPEACHMENT:
Trump is the only 3rd president if the U.S History to be impeached. The last 2 were, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
During the Floor Debate Ahead of the Vote, Democrats said, “Trump is an ‘Ongoing Threat to Our National Security.” - CNN
Republicans, Who First tried to stall the vote, said “During the debate that it was a ‘desperate Attempt’ by Democrats to overturn the will of the people without any evidence at all. - Washington Post
On the Eve of his impeachment, Trump sent a lengthy letter to Speaker Pelosi & the Democratic criticizing them for impeaching him.
The impeachment process will resume back in 2020 with a Senate Trial, but the details of how it will work have not yet been finalized.
“ I say: President Trump should not only be impeached, he must be impeached if America’s democracy is to remain intact.”
- OPINION ( N.Y TIMES)
“Generally speaking, I believe presidents should be elected and removed by the voters at the polls. But when I hear Trump defenders scream, “Impeachment subverts the will of the people,” I say: “Really? What the hell do you think Trump was doing in Ukraine?” He was subverting the will of the people by scheming to use our tax dollars to knock out his most feared opponent in the coming election — rather than trusting voters to do that.” - OPINION (N.Y TIMES)
“So while the founders wanted to reserve removal of a president for elections by the people, they understood that there could be situations when removing a president might be necessary to protect and preserve our very framework for holding free and fair elections. That framework is the Constitution and the rule of law — and
If we say, as Republicans do, that what Trump did is not an impeachable offense, we are telling ourselves and every future president that — in direct contradiction of what the founders wrote in the Constitution — it is O.K. to enlist a foreign power to tilt the election your way. Can you imagine how much money candidates could raise from Saudi Arabia or China to tilt a future election their way, or how many cyberwarriors they could enlist from Russia or Iran to create fake news, suppress voting or spur outrage?” - OPINION (N.Y TIMES)
Folks, can you imagine what Russia’s President Putin is saying to himself today? “I can’t believe my luck! I not only got Trump to parrot my conspiracy theories, I got his whole party to do it! And for free! Who ever thought Americans would so easily sell out their own Constitution for one man? My God, I have Russian lawmakers in my own Parliament who’d quit before doing that. But it proves my point: America is no different from Russia, so spare me the lectures.”
OPINION (N.Y TIMES)
“Stock Markets Up Record Numbers,” Trump tweeted on Friday, adding, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
“Yes, it’s the economy, stupid — when you have a president who is not violating his oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. But if you read today’s poll numbers alongside the economy numbers, it turns out that more than a few Americans are saying, “It’s the Constitution, stupid — and unlike you, Mr. Trump, we value some things more than money.”
“We care about having a president who does not lie 20 times a day. We care about having a president who does not demean his opponents and mock their physical appearance. We care about having a president who does not take the word of Russia’s president over that of his own intelligence services. We care about having a president who is not caught up in conspiracy theories, which he then makes everyone around him chase. We care about having a president who values our nonpartisan public servants. We care about having a president who wants to be the president of the whole country, not just his base.”
“And most of all, we care about having a president who takes seriously his oath to preserve and protect our Constitution. Without that, we will end up one day morally and financially bankrupt. How many Americans will still feel that way on Election Day remains to be seen and will also depend on the Democrats’ alternative. But for now, it’s good to know that it’s a significant number — that despite three years .of Donald Trump’s presidency, the country still has a civic pulse.” - OPINION (N.Y TIMES)