United States President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives this week, but many people are confused about what that actually means for the presidency. Trump is still the President, and does not have to leave office just yet, the impeachment filing against him was simply a formality to begin the long process of removing him from office, which is still not guaranteed. In fact, many politicians on both sides of the aisle were expecting the articles of impeachment to pass in the House of Representatives, considering that the Democrats have a majority in the House, and the votes were split along party lines.
Now, the decision is being passed along to the US Senate, who will hear additional debates and witnesses on the subject before making the final ruling.
A conversation that took place between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian President is the subject of the impeachment movement against Trump. Democrats are accusing Donald Trump of using his position as President to dig up dirt on his political opponent Joe Biden and thus influence the election. However, for his part, President Trump says that he did nothing wrong, and that he was in fact doing his job as president by investigating possible corruption that people within the establishment were involved in.
The Trump administration does not think that this impeachment issue will negatively affect their campaign at all, and in fact, they actually think it will improve their chances of winning, because they believe the situation proves that Trump is fulfilling his promise of “draining the swamp” in Washington DC.
The abuse of power article passed 230-197, while the obstruction of Congress article passed by a margin of 229-198.
Trump has handled impeachment much more defiantly than previous administrations, who have either resigned or at the very least admitted guilt to their accusations. Trump, however, has taken the offensive, and plans to conduct his 2020 campaign anyway, forcing the government to go through with the full removal process, which he does not believe will come to fruition.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise suggested that the impeachment was rooted in the Democrat’s disdain for Trump and his voters, and called the impeachment effort against the president an “impeachment in search of a crime.”
Many of Trump’s followers seem emboldened by the impeachment inquiry, and plan on taking their frustration to the polls in 2020. However, even if this impeachment fails, the backers of the articles will not rule out future attempts to remove Trump from office, although they will once again require a majority of Democrats to support them in that mission, and if this measure fails, gathering that type of support will be difficult
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate because she is afraid that it will be immediately rejected. According to Politico, Pelosi may be following a strategy suggested by other democrats in seeking to delay the Senate vote so impeachment managers can be chosen by the Democrats, instead of allowing too much power to fall into the hands of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has promised to coordinate with the president when the articles reached the Senate.
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