To impeach or not to impeach…that is the question


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President Donald Trump stands at podium overlooking the crowd gathered to hear his speech. The vote to decide whether to move forward with impeachment has “…been sitting for a long time. A lot of money wasted, a lot of jobs wasted. It’s going to have a tremendous impact,” Trump said.

Pia Lyhne, Ranger Review Reporter

Only two other times in modern history has there been a situation where a sitting President may be facing possible impeachment proceedings. However, unlike the other two, Nixon and Clinton, this is the first time this may possibly happen before a second term election.

The main topic many Democratic individuals have been discussing is the topic regarding President Trump’s phone call with President Zelensky of Ukraine, and if it qualifies as an impeachable offense.

Some acts that qualify as an impeachable offense are perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, refusal to obey a lawful order, Quid Pro Quo, and tax evasion. The main reason the Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump for is Quid Pro Quo, or a favor expected in return for something. 

According to HuffPost, Trump held back money that was supposed to be given to Ukraine if President Zelensky didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who was working with Burisma, an energy cooperation in Ukraine. 

Yet according to the released transcript of the call President Trump made with President Zelensky, Trump never actually said he would withhold aid to Ukraine if they didn’t investigate the Bidens.

According to President Trump’s released phone call transcript, “…there’s a lot to talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you could look into it…”

Currently, the Democrats are moving forward with an impeachment inquiry without a bipartisan agreement. Thursday, October 31, 2019, the House voted in favor to move forward with an impeachment inquiry. The result being 232 Democratic representatives voted to go through with an impeachment inquiry and 194 Republican representative plus two Democrats voted against an impeachment inquiry. 

President Trump’s argument for asking current Ukrainian President Zelensky for assistance in investigating whether or not interference was committed by Vice President Joe Biden is based off of the well publicized video of Biden candidly using Quid Pro Quo against Ukraine regarding a prosecutor that was investigating his son Hunter.  

Currently, the Democratic party is claiming that President Trump used his position of power to pressure a foreign nation into investigating an opposing political candidate, yet according to a video gone viral, it seems as though Quid Pro Quo was precisely what then Vice President Biden did to forward his agenda at the time. 

“I’m leaving in six hours,” Biden said in the viral video. “If the prosecutor is not fired you’re not getting the money.”