It is widely known that the US President loves to be as polemic as possible. And due to that, he has gained a great amount of political enemies in the road. If he deserves the position that he won in 2017 or not, is something that we cannot argue for the moment. But we can talk about why he may be in danger of losing his position in the White House, and what would be the consequences of that scenario.
First of all, we have to start talking about the process of impeachment. This resource could take Donald Trump down if he breaks some of the rules of the US laws.
The impeachment process
So, what is impeachment? Impeachment is basically originated from the will of the voters. It is a constitutional procedure in which political organisms can remove a President from his office. Impeachment must be used when the President is not being responding to his constitutional responsibilities.
. However, this is not as easy as it sounds.
There must be important reasons that are needed in order to impeach that president. Some examples can include treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanors. And regarding this last case, high crimes and misdemeanors are highly defined in the US constitution.
Impeachment in the US
There have been situations in which presidents have been impeached before. It doesn’t happen often, but it is a widely known reality. Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 because he was accused of obstructing justice and lying under oath (as it was confirmed that he had sexual relationships with his secretary). Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868, due to the fact that some of its decisions angered the congress (that was Republican by a wide majority).
Another important case was the incident with Richard Nixon. He was about to be impeached in 1974 after people connected with Nixon’s re-election campaign, and then discovering his infiltration into the democratic party headquarters, Watergate. Nixon tried to cover it up, but it was impossible. US citizens were insanely angry with him, and before he could be impeached, he decided to resign.
The case of Donald Trump
The most polemic situation about the idea of Trump being impeached is because a phone call with the president of Ukraine, Zelenskyy. Not only he was trying to hide what he talked about in that conversation, but also now he is believed to have dealings with Ukraine that would benefit him for the 2020 US elections.
The urgency of investigating the Ukraine phone call has led to many to suspect about Trump’s credibility, but it is not the only situation that is destroying his persona. The democratic congressist Al Green asked for Trump’s impeachment in May 2017, and although it was partially ignored in the moment, now there some situations that make the President of the US very vulnerable to impeachment: Paying off a porn-star following an alleged affair, his refusal to release his tax returns, profiting off office of the president like in his DC Hotel, where numerous foreign dignitaries have stayed, interfering in Mueller investigation into Russian election interference and finally and one of the most important: firing James Comey, who was the head of the FBI.
How would Trump be impeached?
It’s the House of Representatives that decides whether to impeach a President. Someone will present articles of impeachment (they are essentially documents detailing the accusations against Trump). After that, the articles of impeachment are then voted on by the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats have a majority on the judicial committee, so that could be a great disadvantage for Trump.
Then, the entire House of Representatives (formed by 435 congressmen and women) vote on whether to impeach Trump or not. If a single majority vote in favor to Trump’s impeachment then, he is impeached.
But even so, things are going to be moved to the Senate. After that Trump must be judged in the Senate. In there, 100 senators, two from each state, act as the jury. If a two-thirds majority of the senator’s vote to convict, then it’s bye bye for Trump (one of his signatures phrases, used for him every time he fires someone).
However, Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat, has been reluctant to start the impeachment process of Trump. If we think about the situation, Trump has been one of the most populist leaders in the history of the country and his catchphrase of “Make America Great Again” is taken very seriously by his followers.
It is true that there several reasons of why Trump deserve to be impeached, but by doing so the stability of the country could be in danger, as impeaching Trump can be viewed by the people of America as a grand deep-state conspiracy against Trump.
We have to remember that 53 of the 100 senators are Republicans. However, if some of this fellow Republicans turn against him, he could be definitely impeached. Sooner or later, we will find out if Trump is going to be leaving his office before next elections.