Trump Impeachment Inquiry Launched

On September 24, 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that President Donald Trump would be the focus of a formal impeachment inquiry in light of recent allegations that he has abused his power by pushing other world leaders for his own gain. This is an important event in the ongoing movement to impeach the president. Trump’s friendship with the Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused controversy. It arose suspicions of Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential elections; allegedly Putin helped rig it against Hillary Clinton and in favor of Trump through hacking and media influence.

FBI director James Comey was fired on May 9, 2017; although Trump claims that he was planning on doing it earlier, it came at a time when Comey was investigating Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor, who was fired after pleading guilty to the FBI for lying about his request “to the Russian ambassador that Russia refrain from escalating the situation in response to US sanctions against Russia” and his request “that foreign officials vote against or delay a United Nations security council resolution.” It also came amidst the forming a significant cloud over his presidency because of the Russia accusations.

The 2018 elections gave Democrats control of the House, and they began to take more serious action toward impeachment. In January and February of 2019, Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress that the President asked him to lie under oath about a deal made with the Russian government to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Robert Mueller, head of the Special Counsel, released a report on April 18, 2019, on an investigation that was in the works for a long time, but it failed to discover evidence that Trump had committed obstruction of justice. Mueller implicitly stated that it was the job of Congress to decide if Trump is guilty.

The most recent scandal involving Donald Trump pushed everything over the edge to warrant this inquiry. A whistleblower accused Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, of forcing the Ukrainian government to investigate the doings of Hunter Biden in his job as part of the board at a Ukrainian natural gas company called Burisma Holdings. Hunter is the son of Joe Biden, a popular Democratic nominee for the 2020 election. These accusations are based on a phone call made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. They were confirmed by multiple witnesses and White House officials, including administration official Fiona Hill, who was hired by Trump himself. So far, there has been no evidence of illegal activity on Hunter Biden’s part.

The inquiry is still in progress at the time that this article is published.

 – Jimena Oliva ’22

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