Blow The Whistle - Trump & The Impeachment Inquiry
Brandon Caldwell | 9/26/2019, 2:10 p.m.
The whistleblower, whose complaint was made public on Thursday, alleges that Trump misused his office for personal gain but that the White House attempted to cover it up. In layman terms, Trump tried to leverage another country into helping him win an election politically. An identical crime to the same obstruction he was suggested to have done with Russia in regards to the 2016 election.
In a nine-page document, the whistleblower wrote, “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”
The call was so alarming to the unidentified intelligence official that he filed the complaint to the inspector general for the United States intelligence agencies. It was not that the President wanted the President of Ukraine to look into Biden but also involve his lawyer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and current U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
He continued, “This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph W. Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General (William P.) Barr appears to be involved as well.”
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly stated on Twitter that no President has been treated as badly as he has. In various tweets, Trump called the news of an inquiry a “witch hunt,” “garbage,” and more. On Thursday, he suggested that whoever the whistleblower’s source was is “close to a spy” according to The New York Times.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right?” Trump reportedly told a group of staff from the United States Mission to the United States. “We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
An impeachment inquiry does not mean that the President would be removed from office at once. It is merely a formal announcement. After an investigation is created and completed by a few House committees whether it be the Intelligence, Judiciary, or Finance Committees, the beginning of the process will commence.
First, articles are drafted that clearly outline what crimes and misdemeanors the President has been alleged of doing to harm the United States. Secondly, the articles have to be ratified by the House of Representatives before a trial takes place. The trial occurs in the Senate, and then for a President to be removed from office, two-thirds of the Senate must be in agreement.
Twice in American history has a President been impeached, though in both instances neither was removed. Andrew Johnson was the first back in the 1860s, following the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. After the House voted to impeach him for high crimes and misdemeanors, a vote came to the Senate, which could not get a two-thirds majority to remove the 17th president.