Trump’s Impeachment: What Happens Next?


Trump and Ukraines leader, Zelensky

Bryana Sirisute-Popejoy, Editor-In-Chief

On the 24th of September, 2019, Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

It all started with a single whistleblower, or someone who informs on a person/organization engaged in an illicit activity, who last August had warned that in a call, with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump urged the new government to launch a politically charged investigation against Joe Biden. 

There were two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The allegation of abuse of power came from Trump’s decision to withhold around 400 million dollars of approved military aid from Ukraine until the country would announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, who  was a rival to Trump at the start of the election season.

Trump had urged Zelensky to investigate both Biden, and his son, Hunter, who both worked for the Burisma Holdings, a Ukraine energy company. The allegation of obstruction of congress derived from Trump’s “lack of cooperation with the house inquiry into the Ukraine decision. Trump responded to the articles by tweeting, “WITCH HUNT!”

Pelosi stated in a “Dear Colleague” memo, “The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide.’ That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.” Pelosi states that letting the election decide would only add to the importance of their actions, due to Trump potentially doing something that may destroy it or cause it to fail. It can also allow Trump to potentially be re-elected.

(courtesy of BBC) Impeachment process example of what would happen.

Impeachment is a political process outlined in the Constitution. It essentially provides a pathway for elected lawmakers to remove presidents whose actions are considered  to be such a “gross abuse of power,” that elected officials don’t want them to finish serving their term.

In the House of Representatives, there are currently 233 Democrats and 197 Republicans. If a simple majority of the House votes on the articles of impeachment and support it, then Trump is impeached and a trial begins in the Senate. If at least two-thirds of the nation’s senators vote against Trump, he would be removed from office. However, a high bar in the Senate is currently controlled by Republicans, which could potentially lead to Trump staying in office or even Trump being removed. We have yet to see what occurs and what the House and what the Senate votes on and whether Trump will be removed from office or not.