THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRIES
January 14, 2020
On September 24, 2019, the inquiry to impeach President Donald J. Trump was first introduced. Now, months later, his presidency is on trial and every mistake of the presidency is being evaluated. Trump has been impeached on two articles—abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Questions are being raised, as Trump is only the third president in the history of the United States to have impeachment inquiries against him. Impeachment, does not mean that Trump is leaving the White House. However, the impeachment could lead to Trump and his family packing their bags. According to The New York Times, Trump is calling the impeachment inquiry an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power.”
The trial is set to officially begin in January of 2020, where the Senate will get the opportunity to argue for, or against, Trumps impeachment. Upon reaching the Senate, two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor of the impeachment for it to go through. If the impeachment does not go through, President Trump will remain in office until November 3, 2020 when the election for a new president of the United States will take place. Trump is running to be re-elected in the 2020 election. However, if Donald Trump is impeached in the January hearing, Vice President Mike Pence will become President of the United States until the term comes to an end in November. Even if Trump were to be impeached, he would still be able to run and be re-elected in the next election.
According to the Washington Post Trump has instructed the people that work for him to refuse to comply to subpoenas. Trump himself is attempting to avoid further investigation by avoiding the subpoenas. The Senate, who is expected to begin their trial soon, is attending lunches in order to discuss further possibility of gaining information. They are also discussing when the trial will officially begin. At this point, no set date has been chosen.