Back in September 2019, top-secret information involving President Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was made public, hence the beginning of a battle to impeach Trump was born. Zelensky, a former actor/comedian turned politician, was appointed the 6th president of Ukraine in May 2019. It is alleged that shortly after his inauguration, he was asked by Trump to damage his opponents and to solicit foreign electoral intervention, which is extremely illegal, to gain political benefits. He was then charged on two article charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. President Trump denied the accusations and said it was all a conspiracy.
Ultimately, the President of the United States Donald J. Trump was impeached on December 18, 2019, after an official House inquiry alleging that he had, yet again, solicited foreign intercession so that he can be re-elected in the upcoming U.S. 2020 presidential election. Trump is the third President to be impeached in the history of the United States.
Article II, section 4 of the constitution declares that “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
However, the process is much more complicated than just presenting evidence and throwing them out of their seat. Because the Constitution grants the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach but makes the Senate the sole court for impeachment trials, an acquittal is usually in the cards for these officials- remember Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton?
After many public hearings, the articles were submitted on January 16, 2020, kicking off the trial, and this past Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, he was found not guilty and was acquitted by the Senate with 52 Republicans voting against the charge of abuse of power, and 53 voting against the charge of obstruction of Congress -67 votes on either article would have been needed to convict him. Although he is officially free of charges, many people seem to be skeptical about the whole deal and don’t want him re-elected.
Amid this turmoil, Trump has been campaigning, as if nothing was going on, and is now using his acquittal to his advantage to persuade people to continue to support for him, and to lash out at the people who convicted him clamming that they are liars and the crookedest, most dishonest, dirtiest people he’s ever seen.
Ever since Trump became president, the conspiracy theories and the gossipy scrutiny began. First Russia, then Ukraine, where he lives and why, from Mara Lago to the White House, the cost of security, his tweets. It seems to me that this presidency has been the most entertainment-oriented we’ve ever had. Perhaps that was his plan all along because entertainment is what he does best. However, there are far more important issues for a nation to focus on, health care, a fair and just gun regulation, poverty, education, immigration, infrastructure, workforce, among others, are issues that need to be a priority.
As of right now, it’s hard to predict whether Trump will continue to be our president or not. But what we do know is that we will find out this November. So get involved, do your research, show that you care for your country and make an informed decision, but most importantly exercise your right to vote.
By Cynthia Paola Bautista