Breaking Down Trump's Impeachment
The president of the United States is behaving in a way which the American people consider questionable and unconstitutional. The House of Representatives has now begun the impeachment process for a president, sighting a call with the head of state of Ukraine has the main offense for impeachment, where Donald Trump asks for information on a political opponent.
Understanding the ensuing impeachment would require knowing what impeachable offenses the president has committed. Congress has cited several offenses over Trump’s presidency, the first being asking foreign governments to investigate an American citizen. This is allowed but congress will decide if it was constitutional.
If the president acted with bad faith and without the intention of keeping the American public safe, it would be considered an offense.
There is, however, a much more prevalent and apparent offense congress may pursue. It is well known Trump owns a plethora of hotels and resorts around the globe, but as President of the United States of America, he is not allowed to have any involvement in his company.
Under the emoluments clause of the Constitution a sitting president is not allowed to receive money from the federal government other than his pay. Which he has in two clear ways where the president has either economically benefited from being in office, or has attempted to.
The first is his property near Prestwick Airport in Scotland. Trump has a hotel called Turnberry, where the United States Air Force has been staying at an exceeding rate since the president took office.
The second way the president violated the emoluments clause would be the upcoming event the G7 meeting-- The G7 is a group of the most influential nations-- which the president proposed the meeting be held in his Miami property of Mar A Lago.
This raises the question of how the impeachment trial will play out on Capitol Hill? Impeachment is started by Congress, where the body starts with an investigation and can call individuals to be questioned. The House of Representatives then votes on whether they believe the impeachment process should, based on the articles of impeachment, move on to the senate.
The vote in congress is passed through a simple majority, which the Democrats have, meaning it is very likely for the impeachment to smoothly move through the House. The Senate needs a ⅔ vote to pass this..
“This is not very likely to happen,'' says Gabriel Kouder, a junior at West, “the senate is majority Republican, and I do not think enough votes can be flipped.” Kouder believes the president should be impeached, and says it is inappropriate for a president to call another nation to interfere in the election process.
A teacher at West, who chose to remain anonymous, says the president should be impeached, however believes it is unlikely to happen.
Evidence suggests the president has committed impeachable offenses, and many believe that he should be impeached. Those people believe that it is unlikely to happen do to unfavorable circumstances in the Senate.
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