Donald Trump has been impeached in the United States House of Representatives for abuse of power.
The House found that the Republican president violated his office by asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, his most prominent competitor in the 2020 election.
Members of the House voted in favour of the first article of impeachment, that Donald Trump exploited his leadership, by 230 for and 197 against.
A second vote, that the president obstructed Congress was won by 229 votes to 198 but the US President has branded the process a complete sham and it remains incredibly doubtful he will be discharged from office with a Republican-controlled Senate vote expected to fall in his favour.
Donald Trump is the third President to be impeached but he said that it was lawless, unjust impeachment and that they’d attempted to impeach him from day one and Donald Trump has frequently declared his July phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was perfect.
He also sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter accusing her of engaging in a perversion of justice and an attempted coup and he wrote: “Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible thing,”
“Say a prayer!” He continued, saying Ms Pelosi “will go down in history as worst Speaker.”
The impeachment hearing determined that Donald Trump obstructed the congressional investigation into the call and this historic vote means the president is set for a trial in the Senate, where House members will act as prosecutors.
Responding to the impeachment votes, the White House stated it was confident that Donald Trump would be exonerated and this marks the culmination in the House of one of the most diabolical political events in the history of the American nation.
And without getting a single Republican vote and without presenting any evidence of wrongdoing, Democrats launched illegitimate articles of impeachment against the president through the House of Representatives, so a White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
She further said that the president was convinced that the Senate would return regular order, fairness and due process, all of which were disregarded in the House proceedings.
Donald Trump is only the third president in history to be impeached in the House of Representatives after Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson but the upper chamber is controlled by Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, who have displayed limited interest in reprimanding him, much less removing him from office.
And conviction needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to vote to convict the President and no president in the 243-year history of the United States has been expelled from office by impeachment.
President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House in 1868 after he was accused of violating the rules to dismiss his Secretary of War but was cleared by the Senate.
Bill Clinton was also impeached in 1998, charged with lying about the Monica Lewinsky scandal but again, the Senate cleared the President and he served out his term and the Republicans signalled as soon as the Trump session started that they planned to do everything imaginable to delay the proceedings.
They called for the House to adjourn promptly following the morning prayer and pledge of allegiance. Then they presented a motion accusing senior Democrats of violating House rules. The Republicans lost votes on both issues on the House floor.
On the July phone call, Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter who worked for a Ukrainian energy company.
He also raised a discredited theory supported by Russia that US Democrats colluded with Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 election.
Hunter Biden had joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was US vice president.
The case moves for a trial in the Senate.
This could involve testimony from witnesses with proceedings six days a week for as many as six weeks and managers, likely from the Judiciary Committee and Intelligence Committee that led the investigation, would present the case.
The Senate has yet to establish its procedures for the case, which would be overseen by US Chief Justice John Roberts but the president’s legal team will respond, Senators will act as jurors and it will end in a vote on whether to remove the President from office.
And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated a preponderance of the Senate could allow a quicker process by voting on the articles of impeachment after opening arguments, without witnesses.
But will he be booted out of office? Sadly for the President’s critics, it seems questionable.
If the Senate convicts Donald Trump then yes, he would be eliminated from office but that’s something that’s never happened to any President under the impeachment process.
And this would need a two-thirds majority of Senators present in the 100 member chamber and with 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 Independents in the Senate, that means at least 20 Republicans will need to be persuaded to vote to terminate the Presidency and with the scandal so divided along party lines, this seems doubtful.
The chamber’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has insisted there’s no chance that Donald Trump will be dismissed from office and warned he would not be an impartial juror and he stated that this was a political process and that there wasn’t anything judicial about it and he said that impeachment was a political decision.
Can Donald Trump still run for President in 2020? Well, it’s never happened before and it would be incredible but in speculation, yes, he could. The President could be booted out office only to run, win and return to the White House months later.
Article 1 of the US Constitution says impeachment can extend as far as removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honour, trust or profit under the United States.
However, Congressional lawyers believe exclusion from office is not automatic and would need a separate vote to be tabled at the Senate’s discretion and a 2015 Congressional Research Service report suggested a separate disqualification from office vote could be held on a simple half majority in the Senate.
It’s this man that puts children in cages and the former First Lady Laura Bush likened it to internment camps used for Japanese-Americans during World War Two and a Democratic congressman who attended the site said it was nothing short of a prison.
The Texas facility is known as Ursula, even though immigrants reportedly named it La Perrera, a dog kennel in Spanish, in reference to the cages used to hold children and adults who ended up there after crossing the border from Mexico illegally.
One cage had 20 children inside. Spread about were bottles of water, bags of crisps and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets and the site was reported as wire-mesh, chain-linked enclosures that were about 30×30 feet with many young groups put into them.
Inside Ursula, more than 1,100 illegal immigrants were waiting to be processed. They’d been divided into three wings, unaccompanied children, lone adults and parents with their children and it was said that approximately 200 of those being held there were unaccompanied children and another 500 were parents with their children.
The Los Angeles Times, which also sent a team there, reported the 72,000 sq ft facility as clean and spare, with bare concrete floors and a patrol agent that was in command of the site, John Lopez, told the paper the 42 portable toilets on-site are cleaned three times a day.
There were three paramedics, two medical members of staff and 310 employees but no mental health workers or training and that the main lights in the building remain on at all times.
Almost 60 miles away, in the town of Brownsville, some 1,500 boys were being housed in a building that was once a Walmart superstore.
The boys, aged 10 to 17, were all caught illegally crossing the border.
It’s America’s biggest facility for such children and on 4 June it showed Senator Merkley’s Facebook Live as he was refused admission to the site by security officials which led to questions about the conditions there.
No cages were mentioned and the accommodation was compared to dorm rooms inside an enormous warehouse to accommodate the increasing numbers since the new zero-tolerance policy went into force.
The New York Times reported it as clean, massive and brightly illuminated with the children given classes six hours each weekday and outdoor playtime for two hours a day but the children inside who have been segregated from their parents have already been traumatised and it doesn’t matter whether the floor was swept or the bedsheets tucked in tight.
And Anne Chandler, who was running a non-profit project for migrant kids found on the southern US border that she’d learned of stories of really young kids, that are breastfeeding infants and under three in shelters that have been segregated from their parents.
And that there had also been instances where parents had not been told ahead of time that their child was being taken away and instead was told by immigration officers that their child needed a bath, only to not be returned.
And one mother said, “Don’t take my child away” and the girl began screaming and vomiting and crying hysterically and she asked the officers if she could have at least five minutes to comfort her daughter, they said no!
And in the Ursula facility, the Associated Press spoke to a 16-year-old girl who was left in command of an unaccompanied toddler for three days and tasked with changing the child’s nappies.
She had to show other children in the cell how to change their diapers and the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that extremely stressful experiences, including family separation, could cause irreversible impairment to lifelong development by disrupting a child’s brain architecture.
Separately, officials had announced plans to erect tent cities that will hold hundreds of children in the Texas desert where temperatures frequently reach 40C (105F).
This is inhumane and criminal and it should be condemned by anyone who has a moral sense of responsibility and Donald Trump should be tried as an adult and locked up but of course, the charge will be thrown out.
Donald Trump is too juvenile to follow the law and some that have served with him closely testify to his instinct for lawlessness and exclusion from office vote is more likely than the two-thirds vote but not very likely.
Donald Trump’s support will rally but it was 2 million votes behind the Democrats in 2016 and this impeachment has unbalanced him and if he survives, fights the election and fails, he will be yet further disturbed.
A far more worthy President said that anyone can face adversity but if you want to test a man, give him power.
And many unbalanced and immature people have held high office, I mean, look at England who has a regressed individual as their Prime Minister.
They’re normally difficult to remove and they never believe their removal is justified and America needs to wake from its nightmare immediately and to put this bad mistake behind it before Donald Trump gets the opportunity to do something unhinged.
Yet the majority of Republicans believe that Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln but not Ronald Reagan and according to a poll released, 53 per cent of Republicans chose Donald Trump as the preferred president over Abraham Lincoln who steered the country through the Civil War era and later ended slavery.
Republicans favourability of Donald Trump marks a stark difference to respondents who classified themselves as Democrats, with 94 per cent of them choosing Abraham Lincoln as the greater commander in chief and amongst all Americans, Abraham Lincoln ruled supreme once again, beating Donald Trump with a majority vote of 75 per cent.
But with the impeachment inquiry and several other disputes continue to grow around Donald Trump, polls show the sitting president has a powerful approval rating amongst Republicans.
And the Economist/YouGov poll found that 87 per cent of those in the Grand Old Party (GOP) either somewhat or fully approve of the job Donald Trump’s doing as president but this isn’t the first time Donald Trump has been compared with Abraham Lincoln, after the current president had previously bragged about his approval rating amongst supporters of the party, comparing it with that of Honest Abe.
Donald Trump announced in July, “You know, a poll just came out that I’m the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party and I beat Abe. I beat our Honest Abe”.
The poll immediately created uproar on social media after Hillary Clinton’s former press secretary Jesse Ferguson tweeted the results revealing GOP supporters controversial presidential choice.
Soon after, 53 per cent of Republicans started trending on Twitter but one subsequent reaction that accumulated loads of attention on social media was a GIF posted by actor Billy Baldwin, which showed an animated photo of the Lincoln Memorial with the former president holding up two middle fingers to Trump and Melania.
Yet 53 per cent of Republicans don’t even know who Abraham Lincoln is, Billy Baldwin wrote, accompanying the image.
And Donald Trump’s impeachment is the result of a person with a prejudiced history and Donald Trump has been obsessed with race for the whole time he’s been a public figure.
He had a history of making discriminatory remarks as a New York real-estate developer in the 1970s and 80s and more recently, his political rise was built on promulgating the lie that the nation’s first black president was born in Kenya.
He then started his campaign with a speech characterising Mexicans as rapists but the media frequently falls back on euphemisms when describing Donald Trump’s remarks about race which is racially loaded, racially charged, racially tinged and racially sensitive.
Yet Donald Trump himself declared that he is the least racist person but here’s the truth, Donald Trump is a racist because he talks about and treats people differently based on their race and he’s done so for years and is still doing so.
What Donald Trump did in his business and personal life before running for president was repulsive and yet he was elected president and he does as he wishes and browbeats and fires anyone who doesn’t follow his instructions.
He was a rogue from day one and this isn’t about a Democratic/Republican issue, it’s about a conman who thumbs his nose at the US Constitution because as he said, he does what he wants.
And only in the USA could someone think they’re not guilty because they hold more seats than those bringing the case against him.
Of course, he’ll be vindicated because the USA is the biggest rogue state in the world and Donald Trump is the biggest rogue in the world.