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Here’s How Donald Trump Can Be Impeached

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally announced the news a couple of days ago. A news that liberal Americans wanted to hear from 2 years. Finally, there will be an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. It is the fourth time in American history when a president has faced a viable threat of impeachment.

“Today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,”

Let’s dissect what impeachment is.

Impeachment Process

Formal impeachment inquiry can initiate impeachment from any legislator in the 435 member House of Representatives by introducing a resolution, or they can resolve together to begin an inquiry. In any case, the House Judiciary Committee then investigates and builds a case for impeachment. Or, the House speaker can appoint a special committee for the purpose.

If the committee finds a case, there will be a vote. It is also likely that Pelosi may already believe that the Democratic majority has a case. However,  a simple majority of the full House is needed to adopt articles of impeachment. The case then goes to the Senate who can remove the president if he is found guilty.

History of Impeachments

There is not a single case in US presidential history about the impeachment of the executive, but there were many cases in the history of the US where Presidents accused of some serious offenses.

Impeachment is rare, and conviction even more so, because it is never easy to remove an elected president. It exists as a  protection, just in case things go really wrong at the White House.

Back in 1998, Clinton was impeached and charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. His impeachment was related to extra-marital affairs. The Senate acquitted him i.e. cleared them of the charges.

Moreover, Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 and he was re-elected in 1972. But he resigned ahead of a likely impeachment based on the Watergate scandal. If we go further back, 150 years ago. Another president impeached was Andrew Johnson in 1868. He was found guilty of illegally replacing war secretary Edwin M. Stanton, among other claims. The Senate acquitted him and remained in office.

2017

The Impeach Trump Leadership PAC started by California Democratic Party congressional candidate Boyd Roberts. However, the FBI director of the time, James Comey was dismissed.

2018

articles of impeachment, H.Res. 646, brought on the floor by Representative Al Green, Democrat of Texas. The resolution listed two articles, i.e. proposed reasons for impeachment: “Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred” and “Inciting Hatred and Hostility”.

Mueller Report of 2019

The Mueller Report released on April 18, 2019, and Robert Mueller himself made follow-up comments on May 29. The report described ten actions by the president as obstruction of justice.

Investigators reached no conclusion about whether those actions amounted to a crime, indicating the evidence they had obtained presented “difficult issues” that prevented them from “conclusively determining” Trump committed no criminal obstruction. Mueller added,

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,”

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