Trump accuses Nancy Pelosi of “Presidential Harassment”

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Trump accuses Nancy Pelosi of “Presidential Harassment”

Kassidy Haggard, National and World News

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        On Tuesday, Speaker of the House and highest-ranking elected female in  U.S. history, Nancy Pelosi, declared a formal impeachment inquiry against United States President Donald Trump.  Pelosi has declared they “[need] to strike while the iron is hot.” Pelosi has been at the center of this turning point and has been very vocal about this process involving Trump’s pending impeachment. 

       She initiated the impeachment inquiry because “the actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” as she stated in a speech. She then went on to say that Trump’s actions have shown the “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.” The goal of the impeachment inquiry is to impeach Trump.  However, just like most matters involving politics, it is not a simple, quick process.

        The impeachment inquiry means that the House will investigate the facts that could prove Trump abused his powers by using Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden who is well known to be Trump’s political rival. There is talk of White House officials trying to keep the phone call between Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, that took place on July 25, hush-hush. 

       The investigation over these allegations and the questions they open up has been going on “for the past several months,” Pelosi states in a speech on USA Today, “[and] we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts so the House can gather all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article 1 powers.” 

       The Ukraine matter has been said to be the main target in the proceeding investigation, but the House Intelligence Committee could also use other charges in attempts to impeach Trump, such as the controversy surrounding the 2016 election, which involved Russia possibly interfering with the presidential election.

        If the House Intelligence Committee can gather enough solid facts and the articles of impeachment are brought forward, Trump would be impeached. If this were to happen, Trump would be the fourth United States president to be removed from office. However, for impeachment to take place, a full House vote is needed. 

        Though, it should be known the full vote would not remove Trump from office. it would be likened to criminal indictment– formal charges brought by a grand jury– which are mostly given out for felony charges. It does not mean jail time, or in this case, removal from office, but it does mean that the court process can begin.

        If there was a full House vote, an impeachment trial would be sent to the Senate, where they would decide if Trump should be removed from office. However, if Mitch McConnell, who is the Senate Majority Leader, refuses to hold the trial, there will not be one. Despite this possibility, numerous hearings and depositions have already been scheduled, and things are moving at a fast pace. 

         For months, Trump has been daring the Democrats to try to impeach him, and after the process began, he went angrily to Twitter to post several raging tweets. Some of which accused the Democrats of “presidential harassment.”

        There are still many steps to take before Trump’s fate is decided, but things are on the fast track, and the Democrats are doing everything they can to put together a strong reason that will remove Trump from office.