The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is currently under investigation and may face a possible impeachment in the near future. This brings up the question of what is going to happen during the impeachment process and what an impeachment even means.
An impeachment is when a legislative body gives a government official a criminal charge. This does not necessarily mean that the government official being impeached will be leaving office. The first time the idea of impeachment was brought up in the United States was by Benjamin Franklin while writing the U.S. Constitution. It was an idea to hold government officials to their crimes committed while in a U.S. office. The Most recent U.S. president to be impeached was Bill Clinton on December 19, 1998 and he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury.
Now it has been announced by Nancy Pelosi in late September that she has decided to launch a formal inquiry to impeach President Trump. Evidence came up saying that Trump tired to persuade the President of Ukraine to help him. Trump claimed that if he helped him then he could receive political benefits from helping him “look into” democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This is, in fact, a violation of his oath of office. While this is a viable reason for President Trump to be impeached, this does not mean he will get impeached. He now has to go through a long process.
The process to impeach a government official can by a long strenuous course to go through. But the first step in this process is making the discovery that a government official possibly committed a crime. After this an official inquiry of impeachment has to go through. Then if there is evidence of the crime then it moves to the House, which is majority Democratic. So the House will likely vote in favor of impeachment. if the house votes in favor of impeachment then Donald Trump will be impeached. After this step it then moves to the senate, which is majority Republican. If the senate also votes in favor then Trump will be removed from office.
The way this term has gone has been an interesting presidency to say the least. For some it’s been good and for others it’s been a nightmare. Some people are happy about the possible impeachment and others not so much. But all we can do is wait and see the outcome of the process.