Blow The Whistle - Trump & The Impeachment Inquiry
Brandon Caldwell | 9/26/2019, 2:10 p.m.
The call for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi came similar to that of a loud, exasperated sigh.
“Finally,” some House Democrats would cheer. “Impeachment Party” began trending on social media not soon after Pelosi’s announcement. After months, if not years of desire to remove the 45th President of the United States due to violations of the oath of office, a change happened. The most significant voice of the Democratic Party within Congress gave them what they wanted – a start.
What does it all mean for a presidency that has been in the headlines for numerous scandals since January 2017? It’s an explosive and damming moment; one that allows the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to have full control over how long the process plays out.
Trump has been called to be impeached in the House previously during his term. Texas representative Al Green from Houston was the first member of the House to call for impeachment, drafting articles dating back to 2017, Trump’s first year in the White House. Green drew up articles of impeachment in May 2017, less than four months after Trump’s inauguration. He did the same again later that December, garnering 60 Dems to agree with him but not the full majority to trigger an impeachment hearing.
Still, Green wasn’t dismayed. He knew he had upset a few within the party calling for Trump’s removal, but instead of backing off, he maintained his belief.
Beyond Green, other members of the House had made it their mission to remove Trump from office. Maxine Waters, the longstanding representative from the state of California, has been a vocal proponent of impeachment since day one. Democratic Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib famously said, “We’re going to impeach [him],” albeit with far more colorful language. Others, such as current senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris who are running for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 Presidential Election have called for Trump’s impeachment. Back in April, candidate Julián Castro was the first among the field to call for the impeachment of the non-popular Trump.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Green said of Tuesday’s decision by Pelosi to call for an impeachment inquiry that he felt “vindicated.”
“I felt then as I feel now that I’m being vindicated. I said that I would be vindicated and I am being vindicated — the truth has been vindicated,” Green said. “I felt compelled because for me it was about more than making a speech. It was about taking a stand that would be based on principle, not politics.”
The inquiry came after a complaint from a whistleblower into a phone call Trump made with the President of Ukraine, allegedly asking for his assistance to gain an advantage over a possible opponent in the 2020 election. That opponent would be former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was on the board of a natural gas company in Ukraine. Biden sought to end the corruption within the company and instead, it turned into something else, a Republican talking point. Despite a memo released by the White House alleging no wrongdoing by Trump, it instead drew further criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Those who believe that the impeachment process to remove Trump is a “witch hunt” and those who believe that Trump committed numerous impeachable offenses.