A CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT
October 15, 2019
With only a year left in his presidency, the House of Representatives had a majority vote in the calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced on the twenty-fifth of September that the House had 217 Democrats and one Independent representative, Justin Amish, who voted to move forward. However, this vote does not necessarily mean there will be an impeachment; only twenty-five of the 218 have said they would vote to impeach Trump right now.
The integrity of the president was called into question after an anonymous whistleblower came forward with information regarding a phone call Trump had with Ukrainian leaders on July 25, specifically President Volodymyr Zelensky. Within the call, Trump repeatedly pushed Ukraine to investigate 2020 Presidential Democratic Candidate and former Vice President, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Hunter Biden served on a board of Burisma in Ukraine, and the gas company came under scrutiny by the government there—Trump has admitted to asking for the investigation of him for this reason.
However, at this time there is no concrete reason for this investigation to occur. Trump even went as far as to promise President Zelensky aid in his investigation and a white house meeting. After the phone call, a recording of it was moved to a highly classified computer system with limited access. A transcript of the call was released after the anonymous whistleblower came forward. Many democrats believe that it gives probable cause for impeachment and suggests Trump wanted Ukraine to interfere with the 2020 elections.
If the House of Representatives’ inquiry reveals the need for an impeachment, two-thirds of the Senate will have to support the inquiry to continue. Although Trump believes his impeachment will divide the country causing a civil war, the investigation is going to be the only battle.