Trump Impeachment Inquiry Causing More Political Division

Serena Zuniga, Reporter

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In 2016, the nation was turned upside down by the election of President Donald Trump. Trump, who has faced scandal after scandal throughout his presidency, has finally sparked an impeachment inquiry from the House of Representatives.

The political divide in the United States keeps getting worse and this impeachment inquiry will not make things any easier, especially if the public doesn’t pay close attention to the facts and evidence. I do believe the impeachment inquiry is necessary, but it is also undeniable that this will be a catalyst for more division.

The inquiry comes after Trump was accused of speaking to the president of Ukraine about investigating a political opponent after freezing $391 million in aid meant for Ukraine, according to Buzzfeed News.

As the inquiry progresses, the more chaotic it all becomes. If the committees investigating Trump decide there are reasons for impeachment, our country will experience more scandal and division.

With the 2020 election approaching, the possible corruption of the current administration could negatively affect Trump and the Republican party, which would result in a major shift of power.

Senior President of the College Democrats club at California Lutheran University Morgan McIntyre said impeachment may not be as easy as people think because many senators will not risk their reelection to impeach Trump.

“There’s been some people, like former senator Jeff Flake, saying that if it was an anonymous vote 35 Republicans would vote to impeach Trump,” McIntyre said. “Obviously, it’s a public vote. They’re not going to do that publicly because they know that it would destroy their chances at reelection. That’s really what’s driving these senators to not vote for impeachment.”

After three years of having Trump serve as president, I had begun to accept that he would always be around. However, after the impeachment inquiry was initiated by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a chaotic new change is sure to impact our country in the near future.

Since removal from office depends on a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate, it may be harder than many people think to see Trump go.

According to USA Today, “Republicans currently hold the majority [in the Senate]. For the President to be removed from office by the Senate with impeachment, at least 20 Republicans would need to join the Democrats and independents.”

The public, especially Trump supporters, will continue to accuse liberals of promoting a “witch-hunt” until they are convinced of any wrongdoing.

The next few months will be filled with scandal, deception and – of course – news. It is essential that voters stay informed, because the information provided could shape our country for years to come.

According to The Washington Post, if the inquiry concludes that there is valid evidence for impeachment, then the House Judiciary Committee will formulate Articles of Impeachment, which officially lists the misconduct of the president.

I am both shocked and relieved that impeachment is a real possibility for the future of our country. If people don’t pay attention, the future of the U.S. will change and they will miss it.

There are so many layers and intermingled stories, but the one thing that is for certain is that after 2019, the U.S. will never be the same.