On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted for impeachment of President Donald Trump. This will make him the third-ever US president to be impeached by the House, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Both of these presidents were acquitted but in August1974, Richard Nixon did resign from office under threat of impeachment over the Watergate scandal.
Trump is being charged with abuse of power after it was alleged that he threatened to withhold aid from the Ukraine to force their president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open an investigation into a gas company, Burisma. Burisma employs Hunter Biden, son of the former vice-president, Joe Biden. Joe Biden is running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020.
The Senate, that is majority Republican, will take up the president’s trial with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) saying that he will simply hold a vote to have the charges dismissed.
Trump wrote a letter of six pages to the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, saying that the vote to impeach was “invalid”. He also took to Twitter to quote Mark Meadows (R-NC), saying “this is all about convicting a president based on innuendo, not on the facts. Even the Ukrainian president said there was no pressure!”
Republicans have stood up for Trump saying that what he had done was within his scope as head of state. They state that Zelensky also said that he had not been pressured and that the aid was indeed delivered.
Impeachment is a procedure that the US Constitution provides for, but Trump wrote in his letter that Democrats were “violating your oaths of office,”“breaking your allegiance to the Constitution,” and “declaring open war on American democracy.”
Here comes the gravy: Trump is still the President
Trump will be remembered as the third ever President to be inpeached but Trump will still be President after this effort is over and, almost surely, after a Senate trial.