A Possible Impeachment in the Oval Office, a Perspective
Blake Berry '23
The current political climate in the United States of America has made many people feel as though they are voting on who’s going to gain advantage in a savage battleground. Republicans and Democrats, the Right and the Left, are in a seemingly never-ending fight for power in government that has one ultimate goal: the presidency.
With rising tensions over the actions of current President Donald Trump, many politicians have been in favor of impeachment, which has already been attempted in prior years. In fact, the moment President Trump entered office, the New York Times reported that impeachment proceedings were already underway.
But if it hasn’t already happened, and the 2020 elections are right around the corner, why has this topic become relevant now? Wouldn’t it be easier to just wait until the people can vote again?
Yes and no. To start, the current impeachment proceedings were incited by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. This announcement came after breaking news of a ‘whistleblower,’ a person who informs others of dangerous or illegal activity, sending out a complaint about President Trump for contacting a foreign government, Ukraine, and asking them to assist him in investigating Joe Biden.
So, what’s the big deal here? It just seems like President Trump wanted some help from an ally. But is Ukraine an ally? Ukraine has essentially become a puppet government for Russia, meaning the one really in charge of this foreign government is President Putin of Russia. And, if you’ll recall the 2016 elections, President Putin and President Trump were controversial topics at the time due to the Russian election interference scandal.
This issue took our media by storm, with nearly every anti-Trump news outlet screaming at the top of their lungs how President Trump was finished and that they’d finally be free. Yet, Trump still has the title of President, and is still tweeting to his heart’s content.
This is namely because of the inconclusiveness of the Muller investigation, which was essentially a three-year hunt to find the truth about Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Although many of President Trump’s advisors and lawyers are in jail now because of this, nothing could truly link back to the President aside from speculation.
So, what does this interaction with Ukraine have to do with President Trump’s impeachment now? The main issue is that the call between President Trump and Ukraine’s President in July was illegal. The President asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. This is allowing a foreign power to impede in an election, the very same problem that had President Trump under fire no more than two years ago.
Because of this phone call, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stated that impeachment proceedings would begin shortly. But what does that truly entail? Impeachment is far more similar to a court trial than a law being passed, so it’s expected to be a fairly in-depth process. To begin, the power of impeachment lies within the House of Representatives, who are responsible for bringing the charges to the table. This can happen through resolutions or even just an announcement like Speaker Pelosi did. The process then goes to a committee, who decides if impeachment should truly be the next course of action. Then, for the final step in the House, Senators are chosen as prosecutors for a trial to analyze the President’s actions and reach a decision on the consequences.
Such a lengthy and complex process makes impeachment fairly unrealistic. In the history of the United States of America, only two Presidents have been impeached. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached in the House, but not in the Senate. Both, in the end, resigned.
So, what does this all mean for our current President? We won’t really know until the proceedings are complete, and the truth is revealed.