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The Impeachment of Donald Trump

Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office. He was impeached on 18th December 2019.  

The Main Charges were- The president abused his power and he obstructed Congress.
America has two party system Democratic and Republican, and Trump represents Republican. Nearly all Democrats voted for the charges and every Republican against.

The first charge is abuse of power, stemming from Mr Trump's alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into his Democratic political rival, Joe Biden.

The second charge is obstruction of Congress, because the president allegedly refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry, withholding documentary evidence and barring his key aides from giving evidence.
Trump's Legal team argued that the impeachment must include criminal behavior. 

What are the possibilities that Trump will be removed?

The President controls the power in Senate, so it is highly unlikely that he will be removed from his power.  The reason is the Republican Party has a majority there, making it almost impossible that the president will be removed from office when senators cast their votes.
Being impeached places Donald Trump alongside only two other presidents in the nation's history - Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

What impeachment will do to Trump?

Donald Trump will be acquitted. He won't be leaving  office. So what changes?
Donald Trump will have a place in the history books - and for a man with such a huge sense of self that will hurt. Acutely.

Far from this being a killer blow against President Trump, it might turbo charge his bid for a second term. The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was always wary about going down the impeachment route. We'll discover next November whether that concern was well founded.

Trump Remains Controversial

The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, the incumbent president of the United States, was initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24, 2019. 

It was  after a whistle-blower alleged that Trump may have abused the power of the presidency by withholding military aid as a means of pressuring newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to perform two favors. 

The favours were - to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter,  and to investigate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 More than a week after Trump had put a hold on the previously approved military aid, he made the aforementioned requests in a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, which the whistleblower alleged was intended to help Trump's re-elections bid.

Efforts to impeach President Trump have been made by a variety of people and groups.
The first efforts in the Republican-controlled Congress were initiated in 2017 by Representatives Al Green and Brad Sherman, both Democrats (D), in response to Trump's obstructions of justice in the Russian influence investigations begun during the first year of Trump's presidency.

The Mueller Report, released on April 18, 2019, reached no conclusion as to whether Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller strongly hinted that it was up to Congress to make such a determination. Congressional support for an impeachment inquiry increased as a result.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially continued to resist calls for impeachment.

On January 6. 2017 there was a conclusion of Unites States Government’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential elections.

A joint United States Intelligence Community review published in January 2017 stated with high confidence that "Russian President Vladimir V. Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.

Investigations about Russian interference in the election and allegations of collusion were started by the FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as Special Counsel in May 2017 by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the ongoing investigation into links between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government as part of the election interference and any related illegal acts.

The Muller Report was submitted in 2019.

The U.S. President’s legal troubles over his campaign are not over with the Mueller report.

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