Impeachment Will Make America Great Again

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As the President of the United States, Donald Trump is entrusted with countless responsibilities, and among these is not operating in secrecy while seeking ways to advance his own campaign. Due to his careless actions meant only to benefit himself, Trump is facing impeachment under the fact that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his presidential opponent Joe Biden. He has been impeached by the House of Representatives, and the case is now in the Senate’s hands. Now is the time to hold our president accountable for his actions, which were unconstitutional and do not reflect the views of our country’s founders. If we do not impeach Trump now, we will be conveying the message that abuse of power is, in fact, acceptable, and what kind of standard will this set for following presidents? 

TRUMP WITHHOLDING AID

President Donald Trump. We all know the name, and we all know how public he is on Twitter, but there’s one thing he wasn’t too public about. On July 25th, 2019 Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, asking him to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden regarding their involvement with a Ukrainian gas company. Trump went as far as withholding aid to coerce Zelensky to begin investigations.  Last month, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for many reasons, but withholding aid was a major one. According to an article shared on the Washington Post, emails that have now been released show that less than two hours after Trump’s July 25th call with Zelensky, the Defense Department was instructed by Micheal Duffey, a senior budget official, to hold off on sending the $400 million aid that was being sent to Ukraine. The Trump administration withholding the aid is in violation of the 1974 Impoundment Control Act. This act was made to prevent the President or any other government official from using their own funding decisions over the decision congress had originally made. “Nothing in the Bolton revelations would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense,” said Alan Dershowitz, one of Trump’s attorneys. After Trump broke the law by withholding aid as a direct threat to Ukraine, are we just going to let him get out of it with a slap on the wrist? What does this mean for any of our future presidents? What does this mean for the future of our country? What does this mean for how other countries perceive us? If we don’t impeach Trump now, no one will learn anything from this. No one will understand the discipline that needs to be put in place because of everything he’s done and no one will benefit from the impeachment trials no matter if they are blue or red. Not only this, but in refusing to allow additional witnesses, we are choosing not to acknowledge that Trump’s actions were nothing short of wrong.“If the president is so innocent and shouldn’t be impeached, why is he afraid to have these people come forward?” Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said in an online CNN article. 

CONSTITUTIONAL IDEALS

Opponents of Trump’s impeachment say abuse of power and obstructing Congress are unfit reasons to an Impeach a president. They are wrong. According to Article 2 Section 4 of the Constitution, Trump’s impeachment is fair. This Section of the Constitution states,  “President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States” shall be removed from office if convicted in an impeachment trial of ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” What this means is if Trump carried out any of the unconstitutional acts listed above, he should be impeached. In a New York Times article it stated,“Mr. Giuliani demanded Ukraine made a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.” The question is about quid pro quo. Quid pro quo is a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something. Trump froze aid to Ukraine that had been approved by Congress. Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, when asked if he approved freezing Ukraine’s aid said, “I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.” He is saying then that bribery is okay regarding foreign policy, even though it is an impeachable offence. There is no doubt that the presidency has become more imperial throughout the years. However, how does it stop? An impeachment calls out the president for misconduct, which is needed if we want to change the president’s power. Bribery, as stated in the constitution, is an impeachable offense, and Trump should be held accountable for his actions. If we are a country trying to uphold the ideals of the Constitution, Trump should be expelled from office.


BACK CHANNELS

Government transparency is a highly praised topic, and it directly correlates with the Founders’ belief that the people should be the primary focus of government, especially their voices. Generally, the relationship between government officials and the people is subject to this talk of transparency, right? This is to say that it is merely an expectation that government officials themselves are transparent with one another, especially in order for the government to operate correctly. They are some of the key components to our republic, after all. However, what if this was not the case at all? What if some of the most respected figures in our government were divided into two separate groups: one who was aware of their group’s dealings, and one who was not? What if we told you that this is not simply theoretical, but reality? In light of Trump’s impeachment, it has become public knowledge that there were two “channels” of government staff, one who knew about Trump’s pressuring Ukraine, and one who did not. According to an interactive article released by the New York Times entitled, “A ‘Threat,’ a ‘Drug Deal’ and a ‘Troubling’ Call: Key Testimony in the Impeachment Inquiry,” the channel who was aware of Trump’s agenda, referenced to as the “back channel,” consisted of Gordon D. Sondland, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Rick Perry, Kurt D. Volker, and Mick Mulvaney. The “official channel,” or the group that operated within the government’s official policy channel, was made up of Marie L.Yovanovitch, William B. Taylor Jr., Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, Tim Morrison, and Fiona Hill. While members of the back channel claimed that the other group was aware of the situation in its entirety, members of the official channel refuted the testimony in relaying that they were left out of the loop on several subjects, one being specific press statements. Opponents to this proposition declare that there were no channels, everyone was aware, and if they weren’t it was by their own doing. However, according to the aforementioned article, Fiona Hill asserted that Giulianni was stating frequently in the news that he was given some authority over Ukraine, yet she was unaware of this. On top of this, text messages between Volker and Sondland last summer regarding Ukraine were increasingly suspicious. Although the men claimed to have been unaware that the code word “Burisma” was related to the Bidens, the context of the messages would not have made sense otherwise. This behavior is unacceptable and childish, especially within the government, and if we do not take action and impeach Trump now, we are sending the message that their actions were tolerable. This most certainly is not the case. 

THREATENED NATIONAL SECURITY

Trump’s foreign affairs have led to national security concerns. When he withheld the money that was supposed to be sent to Ukraine for military aid, he threatened our national security. Trump has been doing so since day one of his presidency. He was in knots with Russia and the whole election incident came up, yet we’re all still left in the dark. Trump has been meddling in foreign affairs which equates to impeachable offenses. Earlier this summer, Trump had a conversation over the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, leading to accusations of withholding aid and threatening the national security of the nation. According to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Ukraine is one of our closest allies, and this threat could lead to several problems in the future, knowing we don’t have support from other countries when there are potential chances of war. It could also have compromised the support other countries provide to us because of the decisions made by the executive branch. Others might say that Trump’s dealings with foreign policy are moving us in the right direction. They would refer to the trade deals with China and interactions with North Korea regarding the testing of nuclear weapons as accomplishments. Trump has recently done deals with other countries to help fix deals that were hurting the United States, and he has tried to help stop countries like North Korea from testing nuclear missiles. While these were certainly a positive course of actions for our country, his dealings could be seen merely as a move in advancing his own agenda in the 2020 election. How can we let a president that is menacing with foreign policy and our closest allies stay in office? 

The United States has always prided itself on our ability to be a model nation. A nation that others continue to look up to. A nation with innovation, equality, and unity. If Trump is to stay in office, America’s image from a global lens will become dark and clouded. We will be seen as a country that makes threats for personal gain. We will be seen as a country that uses back doors to get what we want. We will be seen as a country that strays from our constitutional ideals.