Impeachment is not Necessary

A controversial student opinion on why the impeachment of President Trump is unneeded in current politics

 President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. But I believe this presidential impeachment did not occur for legitimate legal justice, but to assist the Democratic party in gaining traction for their campaign in the 2020 election this November. 


The entire impeachment process to me shows nullification of the democratic process and the Constitution of the United States. Frankly, it seems like this is one big charade for the left to cope with their loss in the 2016 election. When the Democrats took the majority of the House of Representatives in 2018, there was never an ounce of backlash from Conservatives towards it, they never tried to remove Nancy Pelosi from the position of Speaker of the House. 


Ever since President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017, Democrats have been pushing impeachment, and with just a little less than a year left in the President’s first term, they explained exactly how they were going to do it. House Democrats described their two articles of impeachment on December 10th, 2019. The first article is for “abuse of power”, and the second being “obstruction of Congress”. 


The claim of Trump abusing his power in office derives from his phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in July of 2019. In the call, President Trump allegedly asked the Ukrainian President for information regarding Democratic Candidate Joe Biden that could be used as “dirt” for Trump’s personal political gain in the upcoming election. Professor Noah Feldman, who is a “constitutional expert” appeared as a witness during one of the impeachment hearings claiming that “impeachment is warranted whenever the president uses his power for personal benefit, or to corrupt the democratic process.” 


But Feldman also stated in one of his articles titled It’s Hard to Take Impeachment Seriously Now where he claimed: “since the 2018 midterm election, House Democrats have made it painfully clear that  discussing impeachment is primarily or even exclusively a tool to weaken President Trump’s chances in 2020.” This is a clear contradiction in Feldman’s narrative about the reason President Trump is undergoing impeachment. 


The debatable part about this is whether or not abusing the power of the presidency is an actual impeachable offense. In the Constitution, impeachment is viable to United States presidents “upon a determination that such officers have engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Claiming that Trump “abused his power” for “soliciting the interference of a foreign government in the 2020 United States election” does not seem like any high crime or misdemeanor to me. Granted, this part of the argument corresponds with how an individual interprets the Constitution, which is also currently a big problem in the United States. 


Tucker Carlson from Fox News stated that the Democrats are making the argument that “there was no metalling in American politics when a Ukrainian energy company hired the otherwise unemployable son of a sitting vice president, at an exorbitant rate for no work at the very moment his father was policing ‘anti-corruption efforts’ in their country.” Tucker is talking about Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden who was involved similarly with Ukraine. But the left has made the argument that if you believe what happened didn’t happen the way they told you that it did, it’s now a conspiracy theory. Now, what we are seeing from the left is that President Trump committed a literal impeachable offense just by simply asking about what occurred with the Bidens in Ukraine. 


The second article for “obstruction of congress” for when President Trump failed to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the impeachment process. It seems odd that parties are actually taking this seriously now. It seems like resisting a subpoena is only a crime for one party. For example, Former President Bill Clinton resisted 14 subpoenas during his presidency and more recently Joe Biden also did not comply with a subpoena to testify in the Senate trial of President Trump. Bill Clinton was under what is called executive privilege which is defined by Time News as “the right of the president and high-level executive branch officers to withhold information from Congress, the courts and ultimately the public” when it comes to “(1) certain national security needs and (2) protecting the privacy of White House deliberations when it is in the public interest to do so.” So why isn’t President Trump aloud to express this right? Well, we know why. Because it all traces back to the point that this really isn’t about any “high crimes and misdemeanors”, it’s about finding a way to win in the 2020 election. 


Throughout the month of December 2019, impeachment hearings were held and witnesses of the event called on by the House of Representatives to testify for their trial. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) observed through each witness that was brought to testify, that none had any knowledge of real evidence to impeach. During the final hearings which held the four constitutional experts, Gaetz asked all four cabinet members if they had a single material fact to bring forward on the inquiry. In fact, John Turley who was on that same panel said: “this impeachment will create a dangerous precedent for future impeachments.” All of the witnesses carried out the same traditions about the President during each hearing.

Adam Taylor: Could not identify an impeachable offense

Mr. Kent: Never met with the president 

Fiona Hill: Never heard the president reference anything regarding military aid

Mr. Hale: Was unaware any nefarious activity with the aid

Colonel Vindmann: Rejected the Democrat talking point that bribery was invoked 

Ambassador Volker: Denied that there was a quid pro quo 

Mr. Morrison: “There was nothing wrong on the call”

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While not only wasting money on the impeachment, there has also been a lot of time wasted as well, now that President Trump is impeached, it’s not exactly over, the trial still needs to go be held at the Senate where they will vote to remove him or not. It’s clear Trump won’t be indicted, so in my opinion, it seems like the process is to demoralize any opposition the Democrats have in the election. It also could just be The House of Representatives genuinely seeing something blatantly wrong in Trump’s presidency. Because as the left likes to say a lot “Nobody is above the law, not even the President of the United States.” But for now, it is hard to tell how impeachment will unfold in the future, and whether or not it will benefit the democratic party this November. But recently, statistics show that Trump is actually receiving more support. Firehouse Strategies have been citing statistics in the three key swing states when it comes to voters favoring red or blue. Trump is leading in popularity in these states which are Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the most recent poll following President Trump’s impeachment. This could be the beginning of a backfire on the Democrats, and their chances to win this upcoming Presidential election. But only time can tell from this point until Election Day.