Trump faces impeachment charges


Office of the President of the United States [Public domain]

Donald Trump signing an important document in the Oval Office.

On September 24, 2019, Donald Trump was accused of contacting the Ukrainian government to help him investigate the 2020 democratic candidate Joseph Biden. On that same day, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the impeachment process would begin against Donald Trump.

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body presses charges against a government official. 

It is suspected that Trump asked the Ukrainian government to help him investigate Joseph Biden. Ukraine and the United States have been allied with each other ever since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014. Democrats claim that by communicating with Ukraine, Trump is committing treason to the United States.

Schwab said “on a bi-partisan effort, Republicans and Democrats agree that the United States should assist the Ukrainians [in their war against Russia]. So the United States is sending hi-tech weapons to Ukraine, but Donald Trump withheld that aid to get a personal benefit for himself.”

This is not the first time the idea of impeaching a sitting president has been attempted in American history. The most famous impeachment case was fought between 1972 to 1974 against Richard Nixon, known as the Watergate Scandal. But there have been other presidential impeachment cases such as 1843 against John Tyler, 1868 against Andrew Johnson, and 1998 against Bill Clinton. Donald Trump will now be the fifth President in American history to have impeachment articles declared against them.

So, what happens next in the impeachment process? First, the House of Representatives will bring their charges against Trump. There will then be a trial in the Senate, where Chief Justice John Roberts will judge. The House and Senate will then be split into prosecution and defense based on political party. In Trump’s case, Democrats will be the prosecutors and Republicans will be the defense.

If Trump were to be impeached, most people believe that his presidency would be over. However, a president can be impeached but not found guilty, therefore, not being removed from office. 

Mrs. Berty believes “if Trump were to be impeached, he would not be removed from office, just as Bill Clinton was not removed from office.”

Schwab commented that “this event will affect the 2020 Presidential election. It could go two ways, either this tarnishes Trump’s reputation and he can’t recover, or it rallies up his base and they go crazy.”

It’s likely that the world won’t know how this event will transpire for another few months, so everyone must wait. But whatever course the United States chooses to follow, Trump’s impeachment will certainly be an event studied by historians for years.