Donald Trump’s Impeachment Explained

United States President Donald Trump looking pensive in the Press Room of the White House.

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United States President Donald Trump looking pensive in the Press Room of the White House.

Ivan Ortiz and Ivan Montano

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Transcripts released from the July 25 phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Trump’s presidency. Trump is being accused of using $400 million in security aid to persuade Zelensky to pursue an investigation into Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Those in the government who want to impeach him, have used his own words, “I would like you to do us a favor,” against him, They are using these words to put pressure on Trump and accuse him of a quid pro quo. Those opposed to Donald Trump have seen this as the final straw in impeaching him.

Trump made the request directly to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is clear from the rough transcript of their phone call from July 25, which was released by the White House. In the phone call, Trump stated how the United States has been “very good to Ukraine” but would like them to do him a favor.

Donald Trump has not had a good track record with the approval of the American people. He has come under fire many times during his term as president. Most notably, for his views on immigration and women. Senior, Matthew Batres, feels that “Donald Trump should be impeached because he crossed the line and should no longer be president.”

Donald Trump’s involvement revolves around the fact that he used the powers of the office to pressure the people of Ukraine in order to assist him in his re-election. Senior, Celine Miguez said, “Since the beginning, he has been a bad president and his recent actions have only strengthened my views on him.”

Impeachment, according to BritannicaSchoolHigh.com, in common law, is “a proceeding instituted by a legislative body to address serious misconduct by a public official.” Junior, Kevin Canche, said, “If anyone should be impeached, it should be Trump because of the critical actions he has taken upon himself.”

Impeaching the President of the United States is not an easy process. There first needs to be a majority decision in the House of Representatives. This, however, does not mean that the President is removed from office. There then needs to be a Senate Impeachment Trial, where two-thirds of the Senate needs to find the president guilty of the crimes presented before them.

If President Donald Trump were to be impeached, he would be the third president ever following Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, although neither of them was actually removed from office because of impeachment.

Donald Trump could be charged with a conviction of treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. If he is found guilty, and all the necessary steps are taken, then Donald Trump would be officially removed from office. Senior, Ashley Torres, reflected, “Donald Trump has not been a good president since the day he was elected and deserves any consequences that come his way.”