Trump in the dock

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/1/2019 11:45:54 AM IST

 Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States is facing a bleak possibility of impeachment by the US Democratic party over various allegations that has haunted him since he took office. The latest that has spurred the Democrats was the alleged phone conversation Trump had with Ukrainian president asking the latter to conduct a smear campaign against present Democratic candidate and former vice president Joe Biden. For months now, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have been playing a semantics game. They wanted those who supported and those who opposed a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump to both think they were getting what they wanted. This strategy suggested a fear by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others that heading down the path to impeachment would put moderate Democrats facing tough 2020 re-election fights at risk. Nancy Pelosi announced that six committees would undertake formal impeachment inquiries after reports about controversial interactions between Trump and the country of Ukraine. Democrats aimed a fresh dagger at Donald Trump’s inner circle by subpoenaing documents from his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as the President struggled to parry an aggressive impeachment gambit on a day of rapid developments. Donald Trump has not been everybody’s idea of a President and commander in-chief not because of anything but the controversies surrounding him. Trump has fired almost all those he appointed after assuming office. The White House is today insulated from the outside as Trump has come under severe attack from pro-Democrat and liberal media. The figure on those who favour or disfavour the impeachment varies depending upon the leanings of the media. Pro-Democrat media suggest that those   who believe Donald Trump should be impeached rose by eight percentage points over the past week as more people learned about allegations. During September 26-30 opinion poll found that 45% of adults believe Trump “should be impeached,” compared with 37% in a similar poll that ran last week, according to Reuters. However, by and large,   it is the predominant view, that as 41% said that Trump should not be impeached 15% said they “don’t know.” The process of impeachment has to be started by the House of Representatives and only needs a simple majority to pass. If cleared, the trial will be held in the Senate. However, the Republicans control the Senate where a two-thirds vote is necessary for removal. This milestone has never been reached in America’s history. Despite it being threatened on numerous occasions, only two presidents have ever actually been impeached. The most recent one being  Bill Clinton - the 42nd president of the United States who   found himself impeached on the grounds of perjury in front of a grand jury and obstruction of justice, after he lied about the nature of his affair with Monica Lewinsky and then allegedly asked her to lie about it as well. Interestingly, it may be noted that, at the time in December 1998, Mr Clinton’s approval rating as president was at 72%. However when the trial process reached the Senate in 1999, it failed to get close to the two-thirds backing needed in order to pass. In the wider public, the president remains unpopular but the appetite for impeachment is low. Trump may be glad to know that Monmouth University poll carried out in September,  before the Ukraine story – suggests that only  35% of Americans, feel he should be impeached.


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