Here's Why Trump Might Actually Get Impeached This Time
Hold on to your hats, folks. Donald Trump might have actually dug his own grave through his incessant use of Twitter.
The last two weeks have definitely not been the best in Donald Trump’s life. James Comey (former director of the FBI) was fired on May 9th, and since then, it’s been revelation after revelation. Now, in the latest drama of Trump’s presidency, many political leaders are calling for his impeachment.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking – sooo many people have said this before – but this time, it’s a real possibility. Why? Maybe because Trump went on Twitter and blatantly admitted that he leaked confidential information to Russia, which was basically just the icing on top of a really large cake. Of course, there are a couple other things that have contributed to this sudden demand for his dismissal – and we’re going to lay them out below.
Here’s a quick break-down of how we got to this point:
- Tuesday 9th May 2017: Trump fired James Comey. His team released a statement which explained that the reason had something to do with how Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails during last year’s election, amongst other things. However, seeing as Comey is currently involved in an investigation surrounding Trump and Russia, people weren’t really buying that excuse.
- Thursday 11th May 2017: Trump basically snaked his team by saying that his reason for firing Comey was completely different than what they said in the statement. In an interview, he admitted that he fired Comey partially because “of this Russia thing”, which pointed to the fact that Comey was investigating Trump and his ties with Russia.
- Monday 15th May 2017: The Washington Post reported that Trump apparently leaked some highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Trump’s team immediately claimed that this was all fake news. Trump would never do such a thing!
- Tuesday 16th May 2017: Trump admitted, via Twitter, that he actually did give Russia some information. Apparently, he felt that he had the absolute right to do it, seeing as he is the President after all.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
…to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
- Tuesday 16th May 2017: James Comey got some serious revenge by dropping a memo, in which he exposed a private conversation that he had with Trump. As reported by the NY Times, Trump had asked Comey to “drop” the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn. (Flynn is the former National-Security Adviser, and he was recently fired for giving information to Russia.) According to Comey’s memo, Trump asked him to drop the investigation because Flynn was “a good guy“. Trump was thus accused of trying to stop an FBI investigation (aka. obstruction of justice)
- Wednesday 17th May 2017: Now, everyone is saying that Trump needs to be impeached.
Could Trump really be impeached? In theory, yes, but not unless a lot of Republicans are really for it. It would be a difficult feat, but with recent developments, it’s looking very likely.
The Russian President (Putin) has denied that Trump gave Russia any secret info, and has even offered evidence to prove it – but that hasn’t stopped the calls for Trump’s impeachment. A democratic congressman named Al Green has gotten the ball rolling by becoming the first member of congress to officially call for the President’s dismissal, and his speech has already caused quite a stir:
‘No one is above the law and that includes the President of the United States of America.’Al Green announced today, “This is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached.”
If that isn’t bad enough – David Gergen, the former adviser of previous presidents such as Nixon, Clinton and Reagan, told CNN that he also thinks the President is on his way out. Trump is being accused of obstruction of justice, and this is, apparently, the same charge that brought President Nixon down back in 1974 (Nixon would have been impeached, but he resigned before it could happen). Here’s what David Gergen had to say about Trump’s situation:
“After watching the Clinton impeachment, I thought I would never see another one. But I think we’re in impeachment territory for the first time. I think that the obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Nixon that brought him down.”
So, there you have it. Whilst it all pretty much started from the whole Comey situation, it’s obvious that Trump added fuel to the fire by tweeting that he gave information to Russia. Way to go, Potus – way to go.
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