Another day, another scandal. Yet it is not everyday our President is threatened to be impeached. Before getting into the meat of the article, one must be provided a backstory and, therefore, a cause to this nationwide drama.
Talk of the “Whistleblower Complaint”, a scandal directly involving Trump as its main suspect, has filled every newspaper, radio broadcast, and political conversation for the past few weeks. This scandal involves a report filled out by an anonymous person, our whistleblower–who exposes secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within a private or public organization that states concerns, or complaints–with a phone call made by President Trump to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Allegedly, Trump talks of suspicious activity from Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s son during his years working in Ukraine and asks Zelensky to find information on him and whether the former vice president had covered the information within the United States. In doing so, Trump raises corruption accusations against Biden while involving a foreign power that might possibly derail the 2020 U.S presidential election . Despite having a reputation for getting away with things he probably shouldn’t have, the president’s hand was caught in the cookie jar this time around.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the initiation of a formal impeachment inquiry regarding President Trump last Tuesday on the 24th of September, potentially making him the fourth president to face impeachme\nt. She is charging on the basis that he is, “…betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain.” She states that Trump has severely violated the Constitution and must be held accountable, as no one is above the law.
Trump responded to this action via Twitter, posting a simple message of “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” He continues to consider this inquiry a result of a Democratic witch hunt, believing that they are “out to get him” and eager to uproot his success and presidency, despite his past taunts for the Democrats to impeach him if they thought he was truly doing anything wrong. He also called House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff a “lowlife” and someone who should be investigated for treason. He also called Pelosi “incapable”, in addition to a few other profane word choices. According to Trump, it is Pelosi and Schiff who should resign because of their incompetence and obvious bias.
Nevertheless, the Democrats are ruthless and determined. Pelosi and Schiff rebuked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his refusal to fully cooperate with the inquiry, and stated that “…any effort that tested Congress’ ability to call before it relevant witnesses will be considered as evidence of obstruction of the lawful functions of Congress.” As for Biden’s thoughts on the issue, he simply told reporters that Trump’s reaction was, “…way beyond anything I frankly thought he would do.”
The uncooperation in providing requested documents and uproars stirred by the President himself have resulted in House Democrats issuing a subpoena this coming Friday.
According to CNN and the New York Times polls now show that the support for impeaching President Trump has reached an all time high at 47%, with 45% in opposition as Independents and Republicans begin to voice their opinions.