To impeach, or not to impeach?

The New York Times

The New York Times

The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump reached another level with impeachment hearings on November 13.

For the past month, due to Trump’s actions with Ukraine, impeachment has weighed heavily on the minds of American citizens.

CNBC reported that the impeachment inquiry focused on “whether Trump abused his power by asking [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskiy in a July 25 call to ‘look into’ former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter — and investigate unsubstantiated allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

Trump contacted Zelenskiy after hearing that Hunter Biden served on the board of a gas company in 2014 and reportedly received up to $50,000 per month in compensation, according to Business Insider.

In addition, MSN stated, “The president’s request came after millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and some witnesses have cited as a quid pro quo argument.”

The impeachment hearings were televised through several major cable news networks on November 13 and 15 at around 10 a.m. ET, with some key witnesses such as US envoy to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, George Kent.

According to CNN, Trump did not attend the first impeachment hearing but was invited to do so by Democratic Rep. Peter Welch.

As for the second impeachment hearing, Trump sent out tweets that reportedly attacked Marie Yovanovitch, a witness and a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

According to The Guardian, Democrats called the move “witness intimidation,” while the White House denied that claim.

This topic affects students at Hillcrest because it could impact the 2020 elections, especially if Trump ends up impeached. If Trump was impeached, it would stain his reputation amongst a student body already divided on the current president.

ABC News explained, “A president can continue governing even after he or she has been impeached by the House of Representatives.”

According to ABC News, Bill Clinton was one of the only U.S. presidents to be impeached. They said, “While Clinton continued governing, and the impeachment had no legal or official impact, his legacy is marred by the proceeding.”