Will Trump Get Impeached?

The Trump impeachment problem started with a phone call on July 25, between US President, Donald Trump and Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Questionable evidence was brought up that through this phone call Trump exchanged military help to the country of Ukraine for investigations on the 2016 presidential election and on 2020 presidential candidate and former vice president, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, which is completely illegal.

On this call, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was brought up, about how Trump gave Zelensky advice on how bad of an ambassador he thought she was, and because of his advice, Zelensky decided to get rid of her.

After hearing what was said, Yovanovitch said she felt “threatened” and that she was the “target of disinformation” that included Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and included “unofficial back channels.” 

Nine current and former officials testified publicly about the impeachment inquiry and Trump himself said he would “strongly consider” testifying in writing. 

“Even though I did nothing wrong, and I don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” Trump tweeted.

Many officials had something to say about this situation including Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.). 

“He should allow Rick Perry (energy secretary) and John Bolton (former national security advisor) and Giuliani to testify. He should turn over the documents Congress subpoenaed. He should end his illegal coverup. I’m not holding my breath,” Beyer tweeted.

“I’m sure we can expect this testimony along with your plan to provide coverage for preexisting conditions, your gun violence legislation, and your tax returns, all of which you promised would be coming “soon,” Chu tweeted.

All witnesses were scheduled to testify throughout the week of November 18th-24th.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vidman, senior National Security Council (NSC) official, said he felt the need to report the phone call after listening because of how “inappropriate” and “improper” Trump’s request was. He originally went to an intelligence-community official about the phone call, but when asked who in testimony he refused to give up any information.

Jennifer Williams, advisor to Vice President, Mike Pence, in testimony, explained she thought the call was “inappropriate” and “politically motivated” which Trump tweeted directly at Williams saying she didn’t know all the information. 

His tweet stated, “Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released statement from the Ukraine. Then she should meet with the Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!”

Tim Morrison, another senior NSC official, said Gorden Sondland was “acting to Trump’s behest” and spoke to top Ukraine official about said exchange. In testimony he also mentioned that he was concerned about Vindman’s judgment and to “keep an eye on Alex.” 

Kurt Volker, former Trump administration envoy to Ukraine, said he worked with Giuliani, the White House and Ukraine officials to arrange the July 25 phone call as well as a potential visit to the White House. In testimony he added that he felt it was “inappropriate” and that, concerning the allegations of Joe Biden trying to shut down investigations of Burisma for his son, “the allegations against Biden are self-serving and not credible.”

Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, was allegedly acting on Trump’s orders, according to Morrison. In testimony, when asked if there was a quid pro quo involved, meaning a favor done in return for another favor, his answer was “yes”.

Laura Cooper, Department of Defense (DOD) deputy assistant secretary, reveals a link with Trump and aid and connections to the 2016 election. In testimony, she stated that the Ukrainians likely knew about the aid being held up earlier than was expected. 

David Hale, under secretary for political affairs, allegedly knew about Yovanovitch being pushed out of office because of fear of the delay on the release of US military assistance to Ukraine. In testimony, he confirmed that Trump ordered the hold on the aid. 

David Holmes, top US official to Ukraine, in testimony he claimed the Ukrainians felt pressure to move on and that they needed to keep the White House happy and satisfied because they needed them. 

Fiona Hill, former NSC official, felt trump was pressuring the Ukrainian government and her then-boss, John Bolton, also disagreed with Trump’s plans, but he refused to testify.

Trump tweeted out saying the impeachment inquiry was a “witch hunt” that must end now for the benefit of our country.

He also tweeted, “This is a great fraud being played out against the American people by the Fake News Media & their partner, the Do Nothing Democrats. The rules are rigged by Pelosi (Democratic Party politician in the House of Representatives) & Schiff (representative for California’s 28th district) but we are winning and we will win!”

So far, 46.3% of Americans support Trump’s impeachment and removal, however, 45.6 % do not.

I am apart of the percentage of people that support it. I think Trump’s impeachment is long overdue and this should just be the last straw for him. It is clear what his intentions were with the July 25th phone call, and now people are rightfully upset about it. 

If he was a good, fair, and respectful president, he would never have asked Zelensky to look further into the 2016 election, or Joe Biden and his son. 

I personally feel that Trump is too proud of America’s reputation, that he tries to keep his name on it, no matter who it affects in the end. 

Through reading all the testimonies and the transcripts, there is no doubt that Trump’s intentions was personal and not professional at all. 

Even if Trump doesn’t get impeached, I believe he won’t win the 2020 presidential election. I think there are a lot stronger of candidates running and most people will not vote for him to run for four more years.