Editorial: Impeachment proceedings

In August, a Central Intelligence Agency officer filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s correspondence with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump threatened to withhold military assistance to Ukraine unless Zelensky publicly announced an investigation into 

former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate frontrunner Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s business relations in Ukraine. The whistleblower claims “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 presidential U.S. election.” 

Since news about the Ukraine scandal broke, an impeachment inquiry has been opened. 

The Republican Party (GOP) has denied the quid pro quo, condemning the impeachment inquiry as a “witch hunt.” Such behavior does not stray far from the GOP’s track record of overlooking misconduct. In July 2019, following allegations of obstruction of justice regarding the Russian interference investigation, Trump said, “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

Trump’s words foreshadow a dangerous future, one in which those in power are free to further their own agenda, whether it be economic gain or political currency. 

We, at the Hoofprint, believe nobody is above the law — not even the president of the United States. Those in power who seek to abuse it must be held accountable and face appropriate consequences. In this case, Trump’s actions warrant the impeachment proceedings, spurred by his use of presidential power for personal gain. 

Currently, polls collected by FiveThirtyEight report that 48.7 percent of Americans support impeachment while 43.4 percent do not. Many Democrats who do not support impeachment proceedings against Trump believe the issue will only serve to divide the American public even more, angering the GOP and increasing Trump’s chances of re-election in 2020. 

Impeachment is designed to balance the authority of government officials. The prospects of the future election should not bear any influence in the way in which current corruption is dealt with. Public servants should be held to the same standard, if not a higher one, regardless of their political power. If they are unable to fulfill their role as representatives of the people and for the people, then they are not fit to assume the responsibility of leading a country. 

Although impeachment may worsen the nation’s divisive partisanship, it is imperative to uphold the democratic standards upon which our nation was built. 

By the Head Editorial Board



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