With the 2020 elections looming over us, things have taken a dramatic twist.
Over the past couple of months, an impeachment inquiry against President Trump has been underway. And today, it has officially happened: Donald Trump has become the third U.S. President to be formally impeached.
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2 months ago, Nancy Pelosi made an announcement that shocked the world.
via: ShutterstockThe speaker announced that she, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives, had started a formal inquiry into the impeachment of the President of the United States.
But what does "impeachment" actually mean?
via: ShutterstockWe've all heard this word being thrown around for a while now but do we truly know what it means? In political terms, impeachment is "the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official."
This does not mean that the official can be removed from Office.
via: ShutterstockHowever, it does mean that, under criminal law, they are being charged with offenses that could lead to the removal of their political status after they lose their position in Office. They could also face a prison sentence among many other dire consequences.
Serious stuff.The current President of the United States, Donald Trump is believed to have engaged in criminal activity.
The business tycoon has been charged with 2 offenses.
via: ShutterstockThe first is an abuse of power. It accuses the President of trying to pressure Ukraine to smear his political rival, Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, in a bid to cheat his way into winning the 2020 elections.
Trump desperately attempted to clear his name...
via: GettyAnd, in doing so, released a snippet of an April telephone conversation that he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that contradicted the summary of the call released by the White House in the months prior.
The telephone conversation seemed perfectly innocent...
via: GettyAnd the two men could be heard praising each other’s political ingenuity while predicting an era of good relations between the U.S. and Ukraine.
But the Whitehouse's version of the phonecall begged to differ...
via: GettyTheir transcript of the call revealed that Trump had actually urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, the frontrunner to take down Trump in next year's election, as well as Mr. Biden's son.
This in itself was definitive evidence of Trump's law-breaking...
via: GettyAs he was clearly seeking foreign help in an attempt to tarnish Biden's reputation in the run-up to the 2020 elections.
He is also accused of holding back major deals from Ukraine in an attempt to get the information...
via: Getty$400 million of military aid, to be precise.
Yet, despite this growing pile of evidence...It seems like the President is nowhere near ready to own up because he has consistently insisted on his innocence.
And the second charge of his impeachment is for obstructing Congress.
via: GettyThe President is accused of blocking his aides from testifying and failing to co-operate with the House impeachment investigation.
And, again, it involves his relationship with foreign leaders.
via: GettyThe House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep, Jerrold Nadler, said the president had been blocking the ongoing impeachment inquiry dating from the 2016 election, with it all relating to his alleged Russian interference.
But, of course...
via: GettyTrump has profusely denied both these hefty charges and maintains that it was appropriate to ask Ukraine to look into the alleged corruption.
But not everyone was too convinced.
via: YoutubePelosi has stressed the importance of these charges. "The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the constitution. The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law."
And with the 2020 elections on the horizon, this will certainly pose a threat to Trump's re-election.
via: ShutterstockEven members of his own cabinet have turned against him.
As the investigation has been underway, Trump hasn't been shy about addressing his bleak situation.And he has done it in the most Donald Trump way possible.
He has been taking to Twitter to express his anger over the situation.Because how else would he address his country and the rest of the world?
He hasn't been holding back.Oh yeah, I'm sure he was so focused on the issues that the United Nations were presenting...
And he hasn't been shy with the name-dropping.Because how else can Trump defend himself these days?
He then continued...The President has been incredibly defensive, and has even gone as far as to call the inquiry a "witch hunt."
And this tweet will go down in history... as well as his impeachment, of course.Just the 2 words capitalized: "PRESIDENTIAL HARRASSMENT!' Anger, blame, fear, all in one single tweet.
And, as the official inquiry date approached...
via: GettyTrump started to panic.
He has slammed the whole process as "sheer political madness"...And is evidently rather baffled as to how one of "the most successful Presidencies ever" could even be facing impeachment in the first place. Breaking the law is one explanation, Donald...
And last night, Trump reached boiling point...
A LOT to unpack in this stream of consciousness, 6 page letter from @realDonaldTrump to @SpeakerPelosi. One sampl… https://t.co/X6DL61GzHY— Elizabeth Landers (@Elizabeth Landers)1576610766.0
In the letter, Trump painted himself as a victim...
via: GettyAnd, addressing the House Speaker, wrote, "You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family."
And he expressed how he believes the inquiry is a "personal attack."
via: GettyTrump went on to accuse Pelosi of violating her own oath of office: "You are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true unless it is meant in a negative sense," Trump wrote in the letter. "It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!"
The President was clearly scared.“You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, Impeachment!" Trump wrote, in a rather bizarre sentence.
But, throughout it all, he continued tweeting words of confidence...And has regularly referenced the dropping poll numbers of the "Democrat Scam"...
Yet, despite his confidence...
via: GettyAnd the Republican's efforts today to block the articles of impeachment, it was all to no avail.
The President has officially been impeached.
via: GettyAfter months of investigations and inquiries, the President has finally faced his inevitable impeachment.