Impeached: The political fall of President Donald Trump

“He gave us no choice,” House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about the articles of impeachment voted on against President Donald J. Trump. And with those words, President Trump went down into the books being on the wrong side of history.

For just the third time in the history of the United States, an American president found himself on the short end of an impeachment vote. Andrew Johnson received his impeachment calling card in 1868. Bill Clinton found his second term in office rocky after he was impeached in 1998.

No. 45 is now part of that exclusive club that no United States President has ever wanted to be part of. President Trump, the braggadocious Big, Bad Wolf, was just handed his impeachment sentence for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by Pelosi and the House of Representatives.

“Based on all that we know about Donald Trump, we could have predicted he would have abused the power of the presidency by “corruptly [soliciting] the Government of Ukraine” and Ukrainian president Zelensky to publicly announce investigations into [his] political opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden,” California Congresswoman Maxine Water said.

“This impeachment resolution includes evidence that this president withheld $391 million of taxpayer funds that Congress appropriated for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression, – another blatant abuse of power.”

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Waters, chair of the House’s Committee on Financial Services, continued her verbal takedown of President Trump.

“Our investigations revealed that this president advanced a discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine — rather than Russia — interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential election for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit,” Waters stated.

“Never before in our history have we experienced a president who has so clearly conducted himself in a manner offensive to, and subversive of, the Constitution and directed his Cabinet members, Executive Branch agencies, and other White House officials to defy lawful subpoenas” from Congress.”

Now what? Where this leads the impeachment process to is anyone’s guess. But Trump can now add impeached president to his resume. Trump is the first president ever to be impeached during their first term in office. So, with the primary season just around the corner and the fall election season coming in November, members of the House of Representatives gave President Trump a very public and damaging rebuke that he might not be able to recover from.

California Congressman Adam Schiff laid down the gauntlet on why the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives moved forward on the articles of impeachment.

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“In America, no one is above the law. Donald J. Trump sacrificed our national security in an effort to cheat in the next election,” Schiff said in a statement that appears on his website. “And for that, and his continued efforts to seek foreign interference in our elections, he must be impeached.”

Schiff, who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, laid out his argument on why President Trump should be removed from office.

“Over the course of the last three months, we have found incontrovertible evidence that President Trump abused his power by pressuring the newly elected President of Ukraine to announce an investigation into President Trump’s political rival — Joe Biden — with the hopes of defeating Mr. Biden in the 2020 presidential election and enhancing his own prospects for reelection,” Schiff said. “He didn’t even need the investigation to be undertaken, just simply announced to the public; the smear of his opponent – the smear of his opponent – would be enough.”

Waters said the articles of impeachment has been a long time coming.

“It is without question that this president “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” because at every turn, he has shown us who he is.”

“It’s no secret that this president could have been impeached long ago. Today, we stand here with an irrefutable case and an indisputable set of facts that this president absolutely abused his power and obstructed Congress.”

With the vote on the articles of impeachment in their back pocket, the House of Representatives and the rest of the world will await the political fate of President Trump, if and when the U.S. Senate holds its trial to take up the matter. The Senate could decide whether the president should be officially removed from office.

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The big question around this subject is when will the Senate get the articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.

Pelosi may have threw a wrench into the Senate’s plans to hold a quick trial on impeaching or vindicating the president when she made it clear in the House chambers that she’s not going to toss out her hand in commitment to do anything unless she and the rest of the leaders in the House of Representatives see what the playing field is going to be like in the upper chambers.

The Senate can’t move on impeachment unless the House of Representatives turn over the documents. This makes everything even more interesting for President Trump and those occupying the Oval Office. What this says is that the House of Representatives could have impeached President Trump and the Oval Office and the Senate would not have the power to do anything about it, wrecking the braggadocious ways of Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who is banking on clearing the president of wrongdoing.

It is clear that Pelosi, the first and only woman to serve as Speaker (twice), is outplaying her counterparts across the aisle with her poker hand. Pelosi takes her responsibilities as Speaker very seriously. Upholding the Constitution of the United States and preserving the nation’s democracy is not something to be taken lightly Pelosi said as she spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives on supporting the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

“No Member – regardless of party or politics – comes to Congress to impeach a President,” Pelosi said. “But every one of us, as our first act as a Member of Congress, stood on this historic House Floor, before our beautiful American flag, and raised our hands in this sacred oath: ‘I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic… So help me God.’

“For 230 years, members have taken that sacred oath, which makes us Custodians of the Constitution,” Pelosi added. “When our Founders declared independence and established a new nation, they crafted a system of government unlike one ever seen before: a Republic, starting with sacred words ‘We The People.’ For centuries, Americans have fought – and died – to defend democracy For The People.”

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