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    New York, NY - September 24, 2019: US President Donald Trump addresses luncheon hosted by Secretary-General during 74th General Assembly at UN Headquarters
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    Washington DC - July 26 2019: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference
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    Volodomyr Zelensky, Ukraine's president, takes selfie with supporter

Formal impeachment inquiry by majority Democratic house draws another attempt to oust Donald Trump

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Donald Trump sits in the fire of another pending ouster. But will this time’s impeachment goals lead to his removal? The Democrats now must strap up, especially, majority speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Season six of Game of Thrones, the Washington DC edition, just started. On Tuesday, House majority speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Now, “winter is coming” on the Hill. 

Who will get neutralized by the White Walkers? As of yet, we are unsure.

On September, 17, 2019, the Inspector General of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, alerted members of Congress that the Trump Administration forbade him to report a whistleblower who filed a complaint in August against Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Both Trump and Pelosi have much to gain, and everything to lose. Since the US presidency, only two presidents have been successfully impeached by the House—Andrew Johnson and William “Bill” Clinton. However, during the Senate trial, both remained in office, and eventually, were acquitted.

Pelosi has been against impeachment because it is an impossible feat. In a February press conference when there were talks that Trump would face impeachment after a special counsel, Robert Mueller, released his report on if Trump participated in illegal actions, Pelosi said, “Impeachment is a divisive issue in our country.”

Her position is to oust Trump through the vote. However, facing an already split House Dem congregation, Pelosi followed through after House members pressured her to move forward with the inquiry.

The whistleblower claims Trump exploited “the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 election.” 

A memo releasing some of the transcripts, shows Trump asking Ukraine’s newly elected head-of-state, Volodymyr Zelensky, for assistance in several things: to provide intelligence on the company, CrowdStrike, a US cybersecurity company whose findings led to the conclusion that Russian intelligence hacked into the Democratic National Elections in the 2016 elections; investigate former US vice-president, Joe Biden, who is currently a presidential hopeful; and re-open an investigation of Biden’s son, Hunter, who once served on the board of Ukranian company, Burisma Holdings. 

Hunter Biden, a corporate lawyer, joined Burisma after its president, Mykola Zlochevsky was charged with corruption. As a board member, he was paid to implement and introduce better corporate practices.

In the allegations, the transcripts suggest that Trump strong-armed Zelensky into a quid-pro-quo. Further implying this action, a May letter by four military veterans who are now congresspersons expressed concern for the US withholding already approved aide directed to the Ukraine. During the July communications between Trump and Zelensky, this aide might have been the dangling carrot.

For some, Trump’s conversation places him in the wrong. Another current Democratic presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, who currently leads in Iowa polls, called the transcripts a “smoking gun,” and says Trump is in “full jeopardy.”

Impeachment 2.0

New York, N Y – September 25, 2019: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addresses 74th General Assembly at UN Headquarters

Strong calls for Trump’s impeachment emerge for a second time. Initially, people thought that the Mueller report would lead to Trump’s boot from office. It didn’t. “The case is closed! Thank you,” the president mockingly tweeted following a lackluster conclusion.

Trump said in a later post:

Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.

Now, Pelosi puts her reputation and leadership on the line with the impeachment inquiry. Not only is the process long and takes many of the federal government’s resources. Even if the House produce articles that show his actions prove he should impeach, the Senate, a Republican majority, conducts the trial and votes on if the president is guilty of charges.

With a pending presidential election, and a host of local, state and federal campaigns, the Democrats are hard-pressed to produce result optimal results. If Trump walks away from this impeachment inquiry with as much as a stain, the Dems’ small gains in support will falter as their reputation of being the weaker party will continue to fester.

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