The Impeachment of Donald Trump

Three Presidents that have been impeached in the history of the United States. Only three out of forty-five of our presidents have committed actions so despicable to provoke Congress to take action. Impeachment is rare in our government and deserves to be taken seriously. A President can’t be impeached because Congress doesn’t enjoy him as a person. “Impeachment is a power Congress has to remove presidents or other federal officials from office if enough lawmakers find that they have committed treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” (Business Insider). Donald Trump was impeached on two counts: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Such accusations should not be written off as party prejudice. Both parties should’ve evaluated the evidence impartially. This impeachment trial makes the voter feel powerless and at the mercy of the dominant party.

Our government was set up with checks and balances so that one person would never obtain excessive power. Donald Trump believes himself bigger than these checks and balances and believes that he can do whatever he wants. This is exhibited through his conversations with the Ukrainian President. He corresponded with the Ukrainian and explicitly asked for help in digging up dirt against Democrat Candidate Joe Biden. Joe Biden’s son worked for a Ukrainian energy company and could have possible intimate details on the Bidens (Business Insider). Trump not only asked for an edge against his competition, but he also leveraged United States funds when demanding this request. He threatened to withhold the 391 million dollars Congress approved military aid for Ukraine (USA Today). He leveraged money that he has no right to leverage for personal gain. If this isn’t considered abusing power, I am confused about what would. He believes himself above Congress and the citizens of America. Attempting to rig our election and stealing the power away from the citizens, he shows his disregard for our rights and the workings of our government.

The first count against Trump is pretty concrete, in my opinion. The second count against our President shows the biases in our government (USA Today). The Democrats want more than anything to knock Trump out of office, and two counts are better than one. However, if this count is true, the second count is the worst. I believe this to be more egregious because he might have obstructed Congress. The allegations that Trump asked people to not testify against him are based on his lack of cooperation for his subpoena. A normal citizen would treat  a subpoena with timid hands, but Trump does not believe himself a normal citizen. If this allegation is true, Trump believes himself bigger than the law and able to silence anyone who wants to speak out against him.

However, I don’t believe this count to be true. Mitt Romney, a senator for Utah, was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against party lines (Politico). Out of both the Democrats and Republicans, only one Senator appeared to vote impartially. Mitt Romney voted against Trump for the first count and for him in the second. He seems to be the only Senator who votes without party allegiance. Using him as evidence, I believe Romney’s analysis of the trial.

The scariest realization of this trial is the amount of bias in our government. The people we rely on to set up our government and defend our rights will only vote to defend their party. The entirety of Democratic Senators blindly voted to impeach the president and the entirety of Republican Senator voted to deny the impeachment, with the exception of Mitt Romney. Our President is guilty of leveraging military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an edge in his next election. He showed a blatant disregard for the voters and our government. However, our government is controlled by the party of our President, so justice takes a back seat to the party. If this impeachment trial didn’t make you distrust our government, God help you.

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