House Approves Trump Impeachment Procedures


Sarah Jannings

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA- On Thursday, October 31st, the House took its first major step toward a resolution to formalize the procedures for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. This will likely burst into full public view in a matter of weeks. The vote was 232-196 and it was the first time that the full House chamber took a vote related to the inquiry. 

The resolution passed largely on party lines when two Democrats, Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, split with their colleagues to vote against the resolution. No Republicans supported it, but Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who left the Republican party earlier this year, voted in favor. 

According to CNN Politics, “The resolution provides the procedural details for how the House will move its impeachment inquiry into its next phase as it investigates a whistleblower complaint alleging that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by investigating the family of his potential political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.” 

When asked about the House’s decision to move forward with the impeachment inquiry junior, Jake Jozwiak, replied, “We have Mike Pence who is pretty much the same guy, there’s no difference. The Democrats are still upset that Donald Trump won and Hilary Clinton lost and they are still trying to come up with reasons why he can’t be president. They thought they had him in some federal case that he was giving information out and the whole thing with no collusion they just compiled a bunch of random artifacts and merged it all together and now they’re still trying to say that Trump shouldn’t be president.” 

In addition, according to The Hill, “Republicans said Democrats were seeking to remove a president they cannot defeat at the ballot box, and argued it was improper to move forward just a year before the presidential election.” Furthermore, House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, and other members repeatedly pointed to statements made by rank-and-file Democrats at the beginning of the Congress that suggested the party was focused on removing Trump from office from the start.

The limits adopted on October 31st establish a process for the House Intelligence Committee to hold open hearings, release transcripts of closed-door witness testimony and issue a report. It then sets up a path for handing the inquiry over to the House Judiciary Committee, which would be tasked with crafting articles of impeachment and sending them to the floor. Democrats are aiming to transition to public hearings — possibly with some of the same witnesses who appeared behind closed doors — by mid-November. 

The hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee would allow Trump and his counsel to attend, present evidence, cross-examine witnesses and submit requests for testimony. However, if Trump refuses to cooperate with investigative committees’ requests for witnesses and documents, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) can deny any requests made by the president or his counsel.

When asked about whether or not there will be good evidence presented at the hearing sophomore, Claire LaSata, responded, “No, I don’t think that the Democrats actually have any good evidence against President Trump because I believe that Trump has done nothing wrong. You can not just impeach someone because your feelings are hurt. Yes, Trump does say things that are not always the best to say when you are President, but he has free speech and you can’t impeach because of words that he says hurt your fragile feelings.” 

More information about Trump’s impeachment process is being broadcasted in the news daily, so make sure to stay up to date about what exactly is going on in Washington.

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