By: Maile Benumof | Writer
October 4, 2019
Recent inquiry into the impeachment of current president, Donald Trump, has raised controversy and conversation nationwide. The murmurs began when a whistle blower released information that Trump had threatened the Ukrainian president if he did not agree to aid Trump in his re-election campaign by searching for dirt on both Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States and presidential candidate for the 2020 election, as well as his son, Hunter Biden.
The president responded to the allegations by holding a press conference with the president of Finland. Trump maintained that he did nothing wrong in his conversation with Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and hurled accusations of treason towards other politicians who labeled the president’s crime as an impeachable offense.
Amid the impeachment inquiry, Trump has publicly been urging China to investigate the Bidens, claiming they are involved in corrupt behavior and wants the foreign nation to investigate the business dealings of, specifically, Hunter Biden.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, with the goal of resolving the issue and discovering the truth of the matter. It was revealed that Pelosi was nervous to issue the formal inquiry because of the fear that Trump may be secretly desiring an impeachment, thinking that it would rally his fan base behind him; it would make the Democratic party look bad if it was proved that Trump truly wasn’t involved in anything suspicious, which would strengthen his own argument for re-election, and hinder Pelosi’s own party. Now, she maintains the stance that President Trump is scared of the impeachment inquiry because of his frantic appearance.
“The House of Representatives should be able to pass the vote for impeachment because there’s a democratic majority, but the Senate may be more difficult because there’s a republican majority, with many members that don’t openly want to cast their vote to impeach the president,” senior Paige Campbell said. “Also, Pence isn’t a great option for president either, and at this point we just have to hope for the best in 2020.”
“Our government is over politicized to the point where both parties are pointing fingers instead of serving the common interest of the country. If there is truly an impeachable offense, it needs to be solidified with evidence,” senior Trey Benedict said. “[Everyone is] innocent until proven guilty.”
With such opposite points of view within the senior class alone, it is easy to understand why this issue is driving the country apart. As new information continues to emerge, it is impossible to say what the outcome of this inquiry might be, but America can only hope that the truth reveals itself.